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Title:Climate science communication on Twitter: A topic modeling analysis of U.S. federal government agencies
Author(s):Depaula, Nic
Subject(s):Science communication
Climate change
Topic modeling
Social media
Government communication
Politicization of science
Abstract:Government agencies have a strong role in communicating science and climate change information to the public. However, the characteristics, factors and implications of this behavior have been scarcely examined in the academic literature. In this brief study I address two research questions. First: Can topic modeling analysis via LDA provide valid topics from the Twitter posts of U.S. federal government science agencies? Secondly: How and to what extent is climate change and climate science information being communicated by these agencies under a political administration hostile to climate change science? This study contributes to the literature on the use of topic modeling analysis of social media information in the government context, and to the literature on the politicization of science communication and government communication.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Nic DePaula
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17

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