Social Science for Climate Change
Susan Moser

Science-Policy Interactions and Decision Support

Assessing Information Needs of Coastal Managers for Climate Change Adaptation

Moser, S.C., Finzi Hart, J.A., Newton Mann, A.G., Sadrpour, N., and Grifman, P.M. (2018). Growing Effort, Growing Challenge: Findings from the 2016 CA Coastal Adaptation Needs Assessment Survey. California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, California Natural Resources Agency. Publication number: CCCA4-EXT-2018-009. Available here.

Hart, J. F., P. Grifman, S. C. Moser et al. (2012). Rising to the Challenge: Results of the 2011 California Coastal Adaptation Needs Assessment. USC Sea Grant, Los Angeles, CA. Available here.

Moser, S.C. and A.L. Luers (2008). Managing climate risks in California: The need to engage resource managers for successful adaptation to change. Climatic Change 87 (Suppl. 1): 309-322. Download

Tribbia, J. and S.C. Moser (2008). More than information: What coastal managers need to prepare for climate change. Environmental Science & Policy 11: 315-328. Download

Moser, S.C. (2007). Is California preparing for sea-level rise? The answer is disquieting. California Coast and Ocean 22(4): 24-30. Download

Moser, S.C. and J. Tribbia (2006/2007). Vulnerability to inundation and climate change impacts in California: Coastal managers’ attitudes and perceptions. Marine Technology Society Journal 40(4): 35-44. Download

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Uncertainties in Science and Policy-Making

Moser, S.C. (forthcoming). Science in coastal adaptation decision-making: The wrong, the better, and the yet-to-be-written story (provisional title). In: Mearns et al (eds.), Uncertainty in Climate Change Research: An Integrated Approach, Springer Verlag, draft accepted for publication.

Moser, S.C. (2006). Climate Scenarios and Projections: The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable As Applied to California. Synthesis Report of a workshop held at the Aspen Global Change Institute, 11-14 March 2004 in Aspen, Colorado, Elements of Change series, AGCI: Aspen, CO. Available here.

Moser, S.C. (2005). Impacts assessments and policy responses to sea-level rise in three U.S. states: An exploration of human dimension uncertainties. Global Environmental Change 15: 353-369. Download

Decision Uncertainty Screening Tool (DUST)

Moser, S. C. (2011). The contextual importance of uncertainty in climate-sensitive decision-making: Toward an integrative decision-centered screening tool.” In: Climate Change and the Great Lakes: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty, eds. Tom Dietz and David Bidwell, 179-212, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. Pre-publication available here.

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Science Policy Interactions Across Scales

Cash, D. W. and S. C. Moser (2000). Linking global and local scales: Designing dynamic assessment and management processes. Global Environmental Change 10(2): 109-120. Download

Moser, S. C. (2006). Climate change and sea-level rise in Maine and Hawai’i: The changing tides of an issue domain. In: Mitchell, R., Clark, W.C., Cash, D.W. and Dickson, N.M. (eds.). Global Environmental Assessments: Information and Influence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp.201-239. Download

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Learning Lessons from Climate Assessments

Keener, V.W., Grecni, Z.N. and Moser, S.C. (2022). Accelerating climate change adaptive capacity through regional sustained assessment and evaluation in Hawai’i and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Frontiers in Climate 4: 869760. freely available at doi: 10.3389/fclim.2022.869760

.Jacobs, K., S.C. Moser and J. Buizer (eds.) (2016). Lessons Learned from the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment: Innovations in Science and Engagement. Special Issue. Climatic Change, Springer: Heidelberg. Available here.

Moser, S.C., J. Melillo, K. Jacobs, R. Moss, and J. Buizer (2016). Aspirations and persistent tensions: Larger lessons from the Third US National Climate Assessment. Climatic Change 135(1): 187-201; doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1530-z. (Special Issue on the Third US National Climate Assessment). Reprinted here.

Moser, S.C. and M.A. Davidson (2016). Coastal assessment: The making of an integrated assessment. Climatic Change 135(1): 127-141; doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1512-1. (Special Issue on the Third US National Climate Assessment). Reprinted here.

Cloyd, E., S.C. Moser, E. Maibach, J. Maldonado and T. Chen (2016). Engagement in the Third US National Climate Assessment: Commitment, capacity, and communication for impact. Climatic Change 135(1):39-54; doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1568-y. (Special Issue on the Third US National Climate Assessment). Reprinted here.

Buizer, J., K. Dow, M. Black, K. Jacobs, A. Waple, R. Moss, S.C. Moser, D. Gustafson, A. Luers, S. Hays, and C. Field (2016). Building a Sustained Assessment Process. Climatic Change 135(1): 23-37; doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1501-4. (Special Issue on the Third US National Climate Assessment). Reprinted here.

Jacobs, K., J. Buizer and S.C. Moser (2016). The Third US National Climate Assessment: Innovations in science and engagement. Climatic Change 135 (1):1–7; doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1621-5. (Special Issue on the Third US National Climate Assessment). Reprinted here.

Moser, S.C. (2005). Stakeholder Involvement in the First U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: An Evaluation, Finally. Report prepared for National Research Council, Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change, Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, NAS/NRC: Washington, DC. Download report here.

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Effectiveness of Decision Support

Arnott, J., S.C. Moser, and K. Goodrich (2016). Evaluation that counts: A review of climate change adaptation indicators & metrics using lessons from effective evaluation and science-practice interaction. Environmental Science & Policy, 66C: 383-392; doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.017. Pre-publication available here.

Moser, S.C. (2009). Making a difference on the ground: The challenge of demonstrating decision support effectiveness. Editorial essay. Climatic Change 95(1): 11-21. Download

National Research Council (2009). Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate. Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, eds. R. Corell and K. Lee. Washington, DC: National Academies Press (SM was panel member and co-author). To order the book or read it online, click here.

Dilling, L., et al. (2007). How can we improve the usefulness of carbon science for decision-making? In: King, A. et al., eds., The First State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR): the North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle, A report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, Synthesis and Assessment Product 2.2. Available here.

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Changing the Way Science Works

Fazey, I., Hodgson,A., Mason-Jones, A. J., Moser, S.C., Sharpe, B. and Reed, M. S. (2021). Renewing universities in our climate emergency: Stewarding system change and transformation. Frontiers in Sustainability 2(54). Freely available at: doi: 10.3389/frsus.2021.677904.

Arnott, J.C., P. Russell, S.C. Bath, A.T. Bednarek, C. Combest-Friedman, L. Fisher, D.A. George, C. Hudson, S.C. Moser, J. Read, S. Seitzinger, H.M. Teicher and A. Zycherman (2021). Co-production in a virtual world: Implications of COVID-19 for collaborative research. SSRN; available at: here.

Moser, S.C. (ed.) (2016). Co-Designing Research on Social Transformations to Sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Special Issue, 20C. Available here.

Moser, S.C. (2016). Transformations and co-design: Co-designing research projects on social transformations to sustainability (Editorial Overview). COSUST, Special Issue on Social Transformations, 20C: 1-7, doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2016.10.001

Moser, S.C. (2016). Can science on transformation transform science? Lessons from co-design. COSUST 20C: 106-115; available here.

Denis, M. and Moser, S.C. (2015). IPCC: Calling social scientists of all kinds (Correspondence). Nature 521(7551):161; doi:10.1038/521161b.

Hackmann, H., S. C. Moser and A. Lera St. Clair (2014). The social heart of global environmental change. Nature Climate Change 4(8): 653-655. Pre-publication available here.

Hackmann, H. and S. C. Moser (2013). Social sciences in a changing global environment: General Introduction. In: World Social Science Report 2013, 31-43, UNESCO, ISSC, Paris.

Moser, S. C. and H. Hackmann (2013). Global environmental change changes everything: Recommendations and conclusions. In: World Social Science Report 2013, 44-62, UNESCO, ISSC, Paris, in press.

Hackmann, H. and S. C. Moser (2013). Social and environmental change in a complex, uncertain world: Introduction to Part 1. In: World Social Science Report 2013, 65-68, UNESCO, ISSC, Paris, in press.

Moser, S. C. (2013). Possibilities and prospects of social change in response to the environmental crisis: Introduction to Part 4. In: World Social Science Report 2013, 281-286, UNESCO, ISSC, Paris, in press.

Feliciano, D. and S.C. Moser (2013). Towards greater fairness in sharing the risks and burdens of global environmental change: Introduction to Part 5. In: World Social Science Report 2013, 369-373, UNESCO, ISSC, Paris, in press.

Moser, S C. (2011). Science for climate adaptation: Reflections from behind the 8 ball. Ogmius - Newsletter of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, no.31: 2-3. Available here.

Klein, P., M. Fatima, L. McEwen, S.C. Moser, D. Schmidt and S. Zupan (2011). Tearing down the ivory tower: Benefits and challenges in developing geography-community partnerships. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35(3): 425–444. Available here.

Moser, S C. (2009). Now more than ever: The need for more societally-relevant research on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Applied Geography Applied Geography 30(4) 464–474. Download

Moser, S.C. (2008). A new charge: Engaging at the science-practice interface. IHDP Update (Newsletter of the Int. Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change) 1: 18-21. Download

Moser, S.C. (2008). What is asked of us: A clarion call to scientists at an urgent time. IHDP Update Extra (Newsletter of the Int. Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change): 37-40. Download

Vogel, C., Moser, S.C. et al. (2007). Linking vulnerability, adaptation and resilience science to practice: Players, pathways and partnerships. Global Environmental Change 17: 349–364. Download

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