What counts as knowledge? Using science dynamics to communicate climate dynamics
In this presentation I identify the terms Climate, Climate Change, and Climate Dynamics as the 0th, 1st, and 2nd order components of climatology. I then draw analogies to the practices of historians of science (and technology) who study Science, Scientific Changes, and what I have termed “Science Dynamics,” or the complex web of intellectual, social and technical influences surrounding science.
Since both climate scientists and historians study change over time, and since both are interested in timescales of decades to centuries, the two communities have much in common indeed and obviously share mutual interests and even methodologies. Historians have much to learn from and much to offer to students of climate, climate change and climate dynamics.
The two communities, working in tandem, have much to offer the world in the way of clear communication and compelling messages to foster enhanced public understanding of the human and technical dimensions of climate science.
Several case studies from the deep and recent past will illustrate these interactions and their potential policy implications.