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Climate Information: Towards Transparent Distillation

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Author list: Jack CD, Marsham J, Rowell DP, Jones RG

Editor list: Conway D, Vincent K

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place: Cham

Publication year: 2021

Start page: 17

End page: 35

Total number of pages: 19

ISBN: 9783030611590

eISBN: 9783030611606



Constructing climate information to inform climate change risk-related decision-making is challenging and requires a rigorous interrogation and understanding of multiple lines of evidence and an assessment of the values, limits and uncertainties involved. Critically, there is no definitive approach agreed on by all climate scientists. Rather, a range of approaches and assumptions are used, with implications for robustness, reliability and uncertainty. Often these choices and assumptions are informed by the values and objectives of climate science rather than the decision context. We propose an approach, information distillation, that makes explicit and open for deliberation many of the implicit decisions and value judgements that occur throughout the process of constructing information. We argue that this approach must engage substantively with the decision context and open up choices and assumptions in a transparent manner to deliberation across climate scientists and context experts. This should ensure relevance and usability, and build understanding and trust to form an important basis for effective uptake of information. Two case studies are described demonstrating the effectiveness of these approaches and illustrating several important principles for transparent information distillation.


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