Disruptive hazards and climates: making sense of ambiguity

Jeffers, J.M (2017) Disruptive hazards and climates: making sense of ambiguity. In: Conference of Irish Geographers, 4 - 6 May 2017, University College Cork.

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This paper explores the ambiguous ways in which local actors interpret weather related hazards and climate change. It draws on evidence from qualitative analysis of interviews with decision-makers and stakeholders in the cities of Dublin, Cork and Galway to examine how hazards and climate impacts are interpreted in ways that appear contradictory including: as both a threat and an opportunity, as a present reality but also located in an uncertain future, and as a process that is spatially near at hand yet also distant and remote. These messy interpretations emerge from encounters and experiences that bring together material and socio-cultural realities of weather and climate. Climate change is encountered as a material reality through weather events that are viewed as unusual. It is also experienced as a social, cultural and political reality shaped through a wide range of information sources. Ambiguous interpretations present numerous challenges for decision-making and policy. They may require the development of new approaches to decision-making that are improvised, provisional and reflexive.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: School of Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 10:32
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:46
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9542
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