Western Water Assessment
Jen Henderson is a CIRES postdoctoral fellow and social scientist. She studies weather and climate risk communication, warning processes and technologies, and vulnerable populations. Her project with Western Water Assessment will draw on empirical qualitative methods to examine the dynamics of vulnerability that emerge from climate-related water management practices and policies along the Front Range and Western Slope of Colorado. Building on stakeholder concerns, her work will focus on how to anticipate, conceptualize, and trace these vulnerabilities as communities develop resilience strategies to address climate change.
For the past six years, Jen has worked with the National Weather Service to develop strategies for effectively communicating weather threats to various stakeholders and the general public. Her dissertation in Science and Technology Studies examined the ethical dimensions of forecaster work and the effect of sociotechnical change on forecaster culture and identity. Other research has coupled social media analysis and focus group work for what they together reveal about individual vulnerabilities and how people make decisions regarding weather threats.