Peter D. Howe
Assistant Professor, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University
Chapter Member: Utah SSN
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Howe is a geographer specializing in environmental risks and society, particularly risks related to climate change. His research focuses on how people perceive, understand, and communicate about environmental risks, how attitudes vary between places, and how people make decisions to respond to risks. His research and teaching employ Geographic Information Systems, mapping, and statistical analysis.
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Peter D. Howe's research on climate beliefs discussed by , "Your Weather Tweets are Showing Your Climate Amnesia," Wired, February 25, 2019.
"A New Study Shows That More Utahns Are Discussing Climate Change," Peter D. Howe, Interview with Riana Gayle, Utah Public Radio, August 16, 2018.
Peter D. Howe's research on fracking and public opinion discussed by "Proximity to Fracking Sites Affects Public Support of Them, Study Finds," EurekAlert!, April 30, 2018.
Peter D. Howe's research on perceiving weather discussed by , "Cold Temps are a Recipe for Skepticism about Climate Change, Utah State Study Says," Salt Lake Tribune, December 22, 2016.
Peter D. Howe quoted on reducing carbon footprints by Katie Peikes, "UN Climate Talks Will be 'Significant Step,' but Action is Needed" Herald Journal, December 8, 2015.
Peter D. Howe's research on nationwide opinion surveys on climate change discussed by , "8 Maps That Reveal Americans' Incoherent Opinions on Climate Change," Vox, June 2, 2015.
Guest to discuss public opinion on climate change on NPR Utah: USU Geographer Maps Opinions on Global Warming, Peter D. Howe, April 7, 2015.
Peter D. Howe's research on mapping public opinion on climate change discussed by , "Meet the United States of Divided Climate Beliefs," Grist, April 7, 2015.
Peter D. Howe's research on mapping American attitudes towards global warming discussed by , "No Red and Blue Divide When it Comes to Renewable Energy Innovation and CO2 Rules," New York Times, April 6, 2015.
Peter D. Howe's research on mapping American attitudes towards global warming discussed by , "These States are Least Concerned about Global Warming," CBS News, April 6, 2015.
"Geographic Variation in Opinions on Climate Change at State and Local Scales in the USA" (with ). Nature Climate Change (2015).
Maps public opinion about climate change across the United States and provides estimates of beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support in every state, congressional district, and county.
"Mapping the Shadow of Experience of Extreme Weather Events" (with ). Climatic Change 127 (2014): 381-389.
Examines the factors that influence people’s first-hand experience of extreme weather events, including droughts, hurricanes, and tornadoes, using national survey data.
"Who Remembers a Hot Summer or a Cold Winter? The Asymmetric Effect of Beliefs about Global Warming on Perceptions of Local Seasonal Climate Conditions in the U.S." Global Environmental Change 23 (2013): 1488-1500.
Using national survey data, shows that people tend to remember local weather conditions through the lens of their beliefs about global warming.