Washington State Wildfire Smoke Risk Communication Stakeholder Synthesis Symposium: A synthesis of the World Cafe Discussions


Pendergrast, C., Errett, N.A., Roop, H.A., Doubleday, A., Kramer, B., Anh Tran, K., and Busch Isaksen, T., University of Washington Wildfire Smoke Risk Communication Stakeholder Synthesis Symposium World Café Discussion Summary Report. 2019. A report prepared by the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Seattle, WA.


On October 30th, 2018 a Wildfire Smoke Risk Communication Stakeholder Synthesis Symposium was held in Seattle, Washington to identify and prioritize needs, barriers, and solutions to promote effective wildfire smoke risk communication and risk reduction across Washington state. Coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of University of Washington researchers, this symposium brought together 76 regional stakeholders representing over 30 agencies, organizations, communities and Tribes to share lessons learned from recent wildfire seasons, to provide information on the current state of the science related to wildfire smoke exposure and health, and to facilitate collaborations between researchers and practitioners involved with wildfire smoke across the state. Here, we synthesize stakeholder concerns and needs as documented during this interactive workshop to support ongoing conversations and agenda-setting for increasing coordination, collaboration and research to help Washington state communities, agencies and practitioners reduce community-wide risks from exposure to wildfire smoke. A forthcoming accompanying manuscript will describe the research needs identified during the symposium.