Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-5-2018

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


Extreme weather patterns like floods, storms, droughts, radically dry and radically cold seasons are just a few extremities of the new normal accelerated by climate change. This research paper focus on how a more aggressive climate along with changing economic and political factors have affected the public’s fear for climate change. Using data derived from the Chapman Fear Survey, this paper will attempt to identify the main the actors contributing to fear of climate change. The data will regard a four-year regression following six variables that relate to climate change. The variables will be the public’s fear in oil spills, air pollution, global warming, extinction of plants and animal species, drinking water pollution, and water pollution. Identifying key determinates of fear in climate change will pinpoint political, economic, and empirical change that relates to the public’s level of fear in climate change. Understanding the trends behind the public’s fear of climate change will allow a variety of actions from policymakers, businesses, and scientists to seize opportunities on the public’s fear to better address the issue of climate change. To greater understand the impression of the public on climate change, this paper will be being reviewing past research on public opinion and climate change policy then conduct an experiment to isolate key determinants of public perception in climate change.


Presented at the Fall 2018 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.