ECCN Podcast
ECCN Podcast
Sep 28, 2020
08 - Joseph Trujillo, Hispanic weather risk communication researcher
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Spoken in 11 percent of all U.S. households, Spanish is the second-most common language in the U.S. behind English. But when it comes to communicating the risks and dangers of tornadoes, hurricanes, or other severe weather events, meteorologists around the country use terms as they see fit, without knowing if their diverse audiences understand them and act appropriately. Joseph Trujillo, a Peruvian master student at the University of Oklahoma, is trying to change that. Using his expertise in Spanish, meteorology, and weather broadcasting, he is developing a unified set of weather terms in Spanish, and he is developing trainings for professional broadcast meteorologists to use them. 

Check out existing weather dictionaries in Spanish: glossary.ametsoc.org 

Learn more about FACETs (Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats) and the Probabilistic Hazards Information (PHI) experiment: nssl.noaa.gov/projects/facets/ 

Follow Joseph Trujillo on Twitter: twitter.com/LatinWx

... and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/joseph-trujillo

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