This working group aims to discover social and policy relevant issues of interdisciplinary interest, and identify local resources that could be drawn upon for addressing those interests. Along the way, we hope this working group provides the opportunity for scholars to approach their research from an alternate perspective. Possible questions of for discussion include:
How does the communication of scientific knowledge about the climate effect popular understandings of (a ) the climate, (b ) the scientific method, and (c ) political-economic relations to science policy?
How do climatology and meteorology, with their reliance on computer models and remote sensing devices, challenge the traditional conceptions of experiment and measurement?
In what ways does the vastness of the global technological infrastructure used to gather data about the atmosphere inform the way climate science is practiced?
Does the place of scientists in society, and their relations with policy makers, create a cycle of inaction on issues like global warming?
What role, if any, do values play in the development of atmospheric science?
How do political policy, or public funding, inform our scientific understanding of climate issues?
Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Toronto Steven Easterbrook, Environment and Computer Science Margaret Morrison, Philosophy Matthew Hoffman, UTSC Political Science Steven Bernstein, Political Science Douglas MacDonald, Environment Ashley Jones, Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics
Graduate Students Chris Conway, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology Dan Weaver, Physics Keven Roy, Physics
(Graduate Students at other Universities) Martin Vezér, Philosophy of Science, University of Western Ontario Francesc Rodriguez, Science & Technology Studies, York University