Susanne Moser

“ My expertise is in three kinds of change: one, preparing for and responding to climate change; two, communicating climate change to more effectively engage the public on this increasingly polarized topic; and three, changing how scientists interact with policy- and decision-makers, so that the best available information informs what we do. If you have questions about any of these challenges, I would be happy to talk to you. ”
What's New:

I am the co-chair of the National Climate Assessment federal advisory committee (NCADAC)'s Engagement and Communication Working Group. In this context we are currently developing an integrated and coordinated strategy for outreach around and continuing on after the release of the final Third Assessment report. The NCA is a major, congressionally mandated effort, but how we're doing the assessment - as an open, transparent, highly participatory effort is new and remarkable, especially given the volunteer nature of almost all actors involved.

The outreach strategy is thought of as an octopus with many tentacles, trying to harness and coordinate the powers, reach, efforts, and credibility of a large and novel network of partners (NCAnet), the report authors, the NCADAC, US federal agencies and other efforts and partners. 

Director and Principal Researcher

Susanne Moser Research & Consulting

The central theme of my work is change: climate change and social change. How and why does it happen? What are its effects? How do we deal with it? What I most care about is how we change ourselves, our practices, behaviors, and institutions - in deep and shallower ways - so that all of us on this planet can live rich and meaningful lives, and create a fair, sustainable, safe, and beautiful world. I conduct research and provide consulting services addressing these questions.

I come to these questions as a broadly trained geographer. I am particularly interested in the human dimensions of global change: the causes of climate change, people's vulnerability to climate change, the impacts they might experience, and their responses to limit or avoid negative consequences. In my work I focus particularly on coastal areas, but also work in forest-reliant communities, urban areas, and on issues related to human health.

Science and assessments of climate change play an increasingly important role in policy and decision-making. So, part of my work focuses on researching and actively straddling the science-practice interface. How do we build effective relationships between researchers and decision-makers? How do we connect global change science to local decision-makers, planners and managers? How do we most usefully assist decision-makers? These questions are central to the emerging science of decision support.

Finally, there is the ever-more important question of how to effectively engage the public on climate change - an issue that seems remote and overwhelming to many. I conduct research, educate, and train individuals - scientists and practitioners - in communicating this issue more effectively.

Since earning my Ph.D., I have worked at academic institutions, a think tank, an science-oriented environmental advocacy group, a national lab, and more recently in the private sector as an independent researcher. With this broad persepective, I research and provide assistance to local, state, federal government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in my three areas of expertise: (1) development of adaptation strategies to climate change; (2) effective climate change communication and social change; and (3) science–policy interaction.