Sarah Wiener is a social scientist with the USDA Southeast Climate Hub. She specializes in survey design and analysis, program evaluation, decision support tool development and evaluation, and hurricane resilience. Using online surveys, focus groups, interviews, social network analysis, and more, Sarah studies how climate information, decision support tools, and scientific information in general are used to make decisions and provide technical advice in land management contexts. This information can all be used to support land managers, USDA staff, and other technical advisors in making climate-informed decisions that ultimately make our lands more resilient to extreme weather events and a changing climate.
Prior to becoming the Southeast Hub Fellow, Sarah was the Program Coordinator for the Southeast Hub, and the Content Manager and Outreach Specialist for the TACCIMO tool. Sarah has an MSc in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a BA in International Studies from Iona College.
Current and Ongoing Projects
- Evaluating Hurricane Preparedness Among Public Sector Employees in the Southeast US
- US Forest Service Region 8 Monitoring Census
- Social Network Analysis of Hurricane Response Organizations
- Responding to Climate Change in North Carolina's Agricultural Sector
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications
- Wiener, S., G. Roesch-McNally, R.E. Schattman, and M.T. Niles (accepted). Ready, willing, and able? USDA field staff as climate advisors. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
- Niles, M.T., S. Wiener, R.E. Schattman, G. Roesch-McNally, and J. Reyes. 2019. Seeing is not always believing: crop loss and climate change perceptions among farm advisors. Environmental Research Letters 14: 1-10. doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aafbb6
- Schattman, R.E., G. Roesch-McNally, S. Wiener, M. Niles, and D. Hollinger. 2018. Farm service agency employee intentions to use weather and climate data in professional services. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 33(3): 1-10. doi.org/10.1017/S174217000783
- National Survey of USDA Field Staff on Climate and Weather
- Southeast Regional Climate Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies
- Keeping North Carolina's Farms and Forests Vibrant and Resilient
- Climate Hubs Tool Shed
- SERCH Lights Cattle Heat Stress Alert
- SERCH Lights Drought Alert
- Climate Concerns and Adaptations Practices Tool
- Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)