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Exploring the science-policy interface on climate change: the role of the IPCC in informing local decision-making in the UK

Howarth, CC and Painter, J (2016) Exploring the science-policy interface on climate change: the role of the IPCC in informing local decision-making in the UK Palgrave Communications.

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Abstract

Building on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) review of how to make its Assessment Reports (ARs) more accessible in the future, the research reported here assesses the extent to which the ARs are a useful tool through which scientific advice informs local decisionmaking on climate change in the UK. Results from interviews with local policy representatives and three workshops with UK academics, practitioners and local decision-makers are presented. Drawing on these data, we outline three key recommendations made by participants on how the IPCC ARs can be better utilized as a form of scientific advice to inform local decision-making on climate change. Firstly to provide more succinct summaries of the reports paying close attention to the language, content, clarity, context and length of these summaries; secondly to better target and frame the reports from a local perspective to maximize engagement with local stakeholders; and thirdly to work with local decision-makers to better understand how scientific advice on climate change is being incorporated in local decision-making. By adopting these, the IPCC would facilitate local decision-making on climate change and provide a systematic review of how its reports are being used locally. We discuss implications of these recommendations and their relevance to the wider debate within and outside the IPCC as to the most effective way the IPCC can more effectively tailor its products to user needs without endangering the robustness of its scientific findings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Howarth, CCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Painter, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2016
Funders : ESRC
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Date Deposited : 10 Aug 2016 10:03
Last Modified : 10 Aug 2016 10:03
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811655

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