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IPCC AR5 in Europe

How does IPCC influence decision-making? This research project seeks to find out.

The IPCC AR5 in Europe-project focuses on the release of the Fifth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5). The project analyzes how key messages from the reports are communicated, inform and are used by policy makers. Ultimately, the IPCC AR5 in Europe-project seeks to understand the extent to which it is possible to improve the link between the IPCC reports knowledge and decision-making in areas such as adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development.

The mandate of the IPCC is to provide decision-makers with rigorous and balanced scientific information on climate change, its causes, effects and solutions. According to the mandate, IPCC should be policy relevant, but not prescriptive. However, knowledge does not necessarily lead to action and exactly how the knowledge travels and informs decisions has not been investigated until now.

The IPCC AR5 in Europe team

The IPCC AR5 in Europe team

The project follows the knowledge from publication to decision making in Norway, UK, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands. One of the aims is to explore how different socio-economic conditions and contexts shape the policy uptake. Will the same knowledge communicate and receive differently in oil-rich Norway and low-lying Netherlands? This project can help improve the knowledge uptake of the next IPCC report as well as other global assessments.

The project members have research backgrounds from sociology, social studies of science and technology (STS), linguistics, social economics, and media studies, as well as communication professionals. Institutions involved are CICERO, DNV GL, University of Bergen, University of Oslo, Polish Academy of Sciences, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, Lancaster University, and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The project is funded by JPI Climate/Norwegian Research Council.

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Following climate science from the IPCC to European decision makers