Communicating Global Change Science to Society
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National governments and research scientists may be equally concerned with issues of global environmental change, but their interests-and their timelines-are not the same. Governments are often focused on short-term effects and local impacts of global phenomena. Scientists, on the other hand, are loath to engage in speculation about the specific consequences of large-scale environmental trends.
How then can we translate scientific understanding of these trends into public policy?
Communicating Global Change Science to Society examines the growing number of instances in which governments and scientists have engaged in research projects in which the goal is to inform policy decisions. It assesses these experiences and suggests their implications for future collaborations.
The book begins with a discussion of interactions between science and policy, particularly as they relate to the broad significance of environmental change. It then addresses concerns that emerge from this discussion, including how scientific research results are communicated in democratic societies, the uses (and misuses) of scientific findings, and what the natural and social sciences could learn from each other.
"Communicating Global Change Science to Society: An Assessment and Case Studies presents a thoughtful consideration of how we can use science in the service of society—a grand challenge for the 21st century if we are going to successfully mange the planet for the benefit of present and future generations. By exploring ways of creating knowledge partnerships between decision makers (government and business leaders, resource managers) and scientists, society can find sustainable ways of creating dynamic economies, while protecting and improving the environment in the face of rapid global environmental changes."
Jerry M. Melillo, co-director of The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole
Chapter 1. Why this book? An Introduction and Synthesis
Chapter 2. Steering Research Towards Policy Relevance
Chapter 3. Stakeholders and Global Environmental Change Science
Chapter 4. Delivering Global Environmental Change Science to the Policy Process
Chapter 5. Communicating Science to the Media, Decision Makers and the Public
Chapter 6. Communicating Science in Democratic Media Societies
Chapter 7. Institutions as Initiators and Users of Science
Chapter 8. Vulnerabilities of Societies Under Global Environmental Change (GEC)
Chapter 9. What Social and Natural Sciences Could Learn from Each Other: The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity
Chapter 10. Legal Frameworks and Biodiversity: The Impact of Ownership and Control of Biodiversity in Science
Examples of the Science-policy Interface
Chapter 11. Integrating Environmental and Social Agendas: The Experience of the Amazonian Networks LBA and GEOMA.
Chapter 12. Assessment of Present, Past and Future Climate Variability in the Americas from Treeline Environments
Chapter 13. Climate Variability and Its Impacts in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Chapter 14. Stakeholder and Decision Makers in a Study of Global Changes in the South Atlantic
Chapter 15. Climate Variability and Climate Changes in the Southern Cone
Chapter 16. Land Use Change in Semi-arid Americas: Biogeochemistry, Societal Impact and Policies
Chapter 17. Cattle Ranching, Land Use and Deforestation in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru
Chapter 18. Global Change Effects on the Vegetation of Tropical High Mountains and Savannas
Chapter 19. Linking Global Change Research to Improved Policies and Management for Amazonian Rivers
Chapter 20. Mediated modeling for Integrating Science and Stakeholders: Impacts of Enhanced Ultraviolet B Radiation on Ecosystem Services
Chapter 21. ENSO and Risk Management: Natural and Social Science, Policy Implications and Stake Holder Participation
Chapter 22. Diagnostics and Prediction of Climate Variation and Human Health Impacts
List of Contributors
SCOPE Series List
SCOPE Executive-Committee 2005-2008