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Awardee:ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE, THE
Doing Business As Name:Environmental Law Institute
PD/PI:
  • Sandra Thiam
  • (202) 939-3859
  • thiam@eli.org
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Jay Austin
Award Date:12/09/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 79,992
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 79,992
  • FY 2020=$79,992
Start Date:12/15/2019
End Date:11/30/2020
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.050
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Articulating Complex Science: The Case of Sea Level Rise; Washington, District Columbia; Spring or Fall 2020
Federal Award ID Number:1939889
DUNS ID:070112438
Program:Paleoclimate
Program Officer:
  • David Verardo
  • (703) 292-4695
  • dverardo@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:1730 M Street, NW
City:Washington
State:DC
ZIP:20036-4915
County:Washington
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Environmental Law Institute
Street:1730 M Street NW
City:Washington
State:DC
ZIP:20036-4553
County:Washington
Country:US
Cong. District:00

Abstract at Time of Award

This project uses funds to convene a 1.5-day interdisciplinary workshop in Washington, D.C. at which scientists, lawyers, and journalists will explore differing approaches to articulating a complex science topic, such as sea level rise, within the cultural norms of their professions. The goals of this workshop are to: (1) identify and facilitate communication strategies that effectively convey the science of sea level rise and inform policy and legal discussions; (2) help legal experts and policymakers gain better understanding of the science of sea level rise; and (3) highlight the challenges in understanding and communicating the uncertainties of the science of sea level rise. The Workshop uses sea-level rise as a case study because the topic is scientifically complex and is the basis for discussions in the larger civil society regarding cause, effect, mitigation, and adaptation. These discussions necessarily involve scientists, engineers, planners, policy makers, attorneys, and journalists. The Workshop conveners will develop discussion materials for use at the Workshop and disseminate these materials, along with discussion outcomes, afterwards. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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