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Amber Silver

Risk communication; social media; public attention; decision-making; risk perception; severe and hazardous weather; sense of place

The World Within Reach
Amber Silver
Assistant Professor
 

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Address:
Draper Hall 304C
Phone:
518-442-5271

 

Introduction

Amber Silver is currently a lecturer for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. She is finishing her Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her primary research interests focus on how individuals and groups make decisions before, during, and after high-impact weather. More specifically, she is interested in the roles that public attention, risk perception, and communication play in protective action decision making during extreme events.

Amber has recently joined the communications task force of the High Impact Weather (HIWx) working group of the World Weather Research Programme of the World Meteorological Organization. This ten year project aims to understand and improve the communication of weather information to different end-users in order to promote appropriate protective actions.

Other key areas of interest include: the impact of environmental disasters on sense of place and place attachment; the use of social media as a risk and crisis communications tool; and the role of new media in collective sense-making during and after disaster.

CEHC Courses Taught

CEHC 344- Emergency Prepardness

 

CEHC Research Interests

Risk communication; social media; public attention; decision-making; risk perception; severe and hazardous weather; sense of place