Communicating science in public controversies: Strategic considerations of the German climate scientists

TitleCommunicating science in public controversies: Strategic considerations of the German climate scientists
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPost, S
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Volume25
Issue1
Pagination61-70
Date PublishedJanuary 1, 2016
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn public controversies on scientific issues, scientists likely consider the effects of their findings on journalists and on the public debate. A representative survey of 123 German climate scientists (42%) finds that although most climate scientists think that uncertainties about climate change should be made clearer in public they do not actively communicate this to journalists. Moreover, the climate scientists fear that their results could be misinterpreted in public or exploited by interest groups. Asking scientists about their readiness to publish one of two versions of a fictitious research finding shows that their concerns weigh heavier when a result implies that climate change will proceed slowly than when it implies that climate change will proceed fast.
URLhttp://pus.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/25/1/61
DOI10.1177/0963662514521542

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