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music KENNY BROAD: We do this adventure stuff, but it has a purpose. MILES O’BRIEN: Whether he is cavediving in dangerous and mysterious places or scoping out sea life in the Georgia Aquarium.

Kenny broad: they have some spectacular creatures here. MILES O’BRIEN: University of Miami Environmental Anthropologist Kenny Broad is keenly aware of risk. KENNY BROAD: I think, sometimes, using cavediving as a metaphor can be effective with audiences who are drawn to the adventure.

Miles o’brien: with support from the national science Foundation, Broad and colleagues developed Stormview, an interactive computer simulation, to analyze how people prepare for another risky event, an approaching hurricane. KENNY BROAD: We’re in someone’s living room, where they have the choice they can go to web reports, they can click on the.

Television get a broadcast. MAN: And as if on cue, we’ve got a new tropical storm to talk about. MILES O’BRIEN: In both Stormview and real life, most people rely on TV to make decisions as storms come close. KENNY BROAD: They can go talk to neighbors.

Female: there are a lot of false alarms, so i’m probably not going to pay attention until it gets closer. KENNY BROAD: Then we ask questions. If Gabrielle were a real storm, would you begin taking actions? I think one of the difficulties with studying hazards like hurricanes is we just get very few chances to study them. That’s why.

Simulations are great. MILES O’BRIEN: But Broad says people don’t always respond logically and analytically to evacuation warnings. Emotions play a big role, too. KENNY BROAD: We experience risk as humans just emotionally, some view our scientists, where you’ve trained your mind to.

Think about certain things, analytically. MILES O’BRIEN: Broad’s team is using Stormview, which is also supported by NOAA, to better understand people’s decisionmaking process in the face of risky weather. The goal is to work with forecasters to craft more effective hurricane warnings. They also want to develop new tools to study.

Human responses to warnings about other natural disasters, such as earthquakes and wildfires, and educate the public about environmental risk like the threats posed by climate change and water pollution. KENNY BROAD: It’s this part of our brain that we need to tap into to get people to understand what’s going on with our world.

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