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–DO THE IPCC REPORTS INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKING?

This CICERO study has analyzed how key messages from the IPCCs fifth assessment reports are understood and used by policy and decision makers, and how the interaction between science and decision making can be improved. On these pages we present a short summary of the report and key findings. Read more about the project here. 

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 alone does not necessarily lead to action and exactly how the knowledge travels and informs decisions has not been investigated until now.

The project has followed the knowledge from publication to decision making in Norway, UK, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands. We have explored how different socio-economic conditions and contexts shape the policy uptake. The results from this project could improve decision makes’ uptake of knowledge from next IPCC report and other global assessments.

Project description

Key project participants:

  • Asun Lera St. Clair
  • Erlend A. T. Hermansen
  • Göran Sundqvist
  • Steven Yearley
  • Des Gasper
  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
  • Joan David Tabara
  • Christian Bjørnæs
  • Elisabeth Eide
  • Anja Naper
  • James Painter
  • Kjersti Fløttum
  • Brian Wynne