Risk Communication and Climate Justice Planning: A Case of Michigan’s Huron River Watershed

dc.creatorCheng, Chingwen
dc.creatorTsai, Jiun-Yi
dc.creatorYang, Y.C. Ethan
dc.creatorEsselman, Rebecca
dc.creatorKalcic, Margaret
dc.creatorXu, Xin
dc.creatorMohai, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-12T16:54:58Z
dc.date.available2023-07-12T16:54:58Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.description.abstractCommunicating climate risks is crucial when engaging the public to support climate action planning and addressing climate justice. How does evidence-based communication influence local residents’ risk perception and potential behavior change in support of climate planning? Built upon our previous study of Climate Justice maps illustrating high scores of both social and ecological vulnerability in Michigan’s Huron River watershed, USA, a quasi-experiment was conducted to examine the effects of Climate Justice mapping intervention on residents’ perceptions and preparedness for climate change associated hazards in Michigan. Two groups were compared: residents in Climate Justice areas with high social and ecological vulnerability scores in the watershed (n =76) and residents in comparison areas in Michigan (n =69). Measurements for risk perception include perceived exposure, sensitivity, and adaptability to hazards. Results indicate that risk information has a significant effect on perceived sensitivity and level of preparedness for future climate extremes among participants living in Climate Justice areas. Findings highlight the value of integrating scientific risk assessment information in risk communication to align calculated and perceived risks. This study suggests effective risk communication can influence local support of climate action plans and implementation of strategies that address climate justice and achieve social sustainability in local communities.en_US
dc.description.departmentMarine Scienceen_US
dc.identifier.citationCheng, C., Tsai, J., Yang, Y., Esselman, R., Kalcic, M., Xu, X., & Mohai, P. (2017). Risk Communication and Climate Justice Planning: A Case of Michigan’s Huron River Watershed. Urban Planning, 2(4), 34-50. doi:https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v2i4.1045en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.17645/up.v2i4.1045
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/120457
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/47322
dc.publisherCogitatioen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Faculty/Researcher Worksen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.subjectclimate change planningen_US
dc.subjectclimate justiceen_US
dc.subjectrisk communicationen_US
dc.subjectrisk perceptionen_US
dc.subjectsocial sustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectvulnerabilityen_US
dc.titleRisk Communication and Climate Justice Planning: A Case of Michigan’s Huron River Watersheden_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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