The Social Implications of Pervasive Carbon
12 PM ET
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth L Malone, Independent Researcher
Sponsors: U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office/UCAR and NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar; coordinators are Gyami Shrestha (firstname.lastname@example.org), & Tracy.Gill@noaa.gov
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Abstract: People's needs and wants are the starting point for social scientific investigation of how carbon is embedded in the conditions and in which they find themselves and the technologies they use. From energy sources to land management and from urban hardscapes to rural landscapes, carbon is emitted, conserved, or captured as people work, travel, eat, and perform other everyday activities and as human institutions and economic systems form and operate. Research that starts with such social configurations contrasts and complements studies that examine changes in the carbon cycle, identify points of emissions, and quantify the technical potential of reducing them. People-centered research into the social embeddedness of carbon involves a wide range of scientific areas and a commitment to involvement by stakeholders. Such research leads to findings that will deepen knowledge about how social systems both persist and change and people's multiple roles within those systems. Results can indicate pathways by which carbon emissions can be reduced and carbon sequestration increased.
About the Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth L. Malone focuses on policy-relevant sociological research in global change issues, integrating disparate worldviews, data sources, and scientific approaches. She coordinated, drafted, and provided the science text for the National Intelligence Assessment on Climate Change in 2008 and was the technical lead for six regional reports for the National Intelligence Council (2009), summarizing climate change projections, impacts projections, and adaptive capacity. Malone was an author and review editor for the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment. She helped develop structured methods for analyzing vulnerabilities to climate change. She edited, with Steve Rayner, Human Choice and Climate Change (4 vols. 1998), which assesses social science research relevant to global climate change. Malone holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland-College Park. Her book Debating Climate Change (2009) uses both discourse analysis and social network analysis to explore bases for agreement in the arguments used in the global climate change debate.
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