Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

CSTPR Noontime Seminar

The Climate Change Story: Bridging the Gap Between Science and the Public 

by Bernadette Woods Placky, Climate Matters Director

Climate change poses arguably the biggest threat to humanity—the people, places, and things that we love. Even though public understanding and concern about the seriousness of the issue is slowly growing, there is still a significant disconnect from the well-understood science. In this talk, we will explore Climate Central’s approach to narrowing the gap between scientific knowledge and public understanding, from lessons learned to the road ahead. In particular, we will focus on Climate Matters, a program that partners with TV meteorologists to inform communities around the U.S. about the local realities of a changing climate—what that means to their family, friends, and ways of life. 

Bernadette Woods Placky is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist and director of Climate Central's Climate Matters program. In her role, Bernadette works with fellow meteorologists from across the country, providing resources and data on the connection between climate change and weather.

Before coming to Climate Central, Bernadette spent 10 years as a TV weather forecaster. Her most recent station was WJZ in Baltimore, where she earned an Emmy for Best Weathercaster.  Prior to that, she worked at both WLEX in Lexington, KY., and KNWA in Fayetteville, AR. Bernadette began her career at AccuWeather, Inc.

Bernadette is a proud Penn State University alumni where she is a steering committee member for MAPS (Meteorology Alumni of Penn State) and is a board member of Penn State's GEMS (Graduates of Earth and Mineral Science). She also carries both American Meteorological Society certifications — Television Seal of Approval and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist -- and is a member of numerous AMS committees (including Applied Climatology). Bernadette also serves on as a trustee at The Watershed Institute in central New Jersey. 


Wednesday, September 11, 2019
2019 - 12:00 to 13:00





  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees
  • General Public
  • NOAA employees
  • Science collaborators


  • Seminar
  • Open to Public



CSTPR Conference Room