Science-policy Challenges in Climate Assements
This paper will focus on how global assessments (IPCC) and the US national assessments have addressed these challenges and the implications for organizing effective science-policy interactions. It highlights two aspects of the interface: the imbalance between science and policy in the assessments, as well as among the policy fields; and secondly, the paucity of evidence on results of implementing a broad range of policy and planning responses. This latter is likely to affect long-range pervasive social action required for an adequate societal response to climate change. In particular, it examines the framing of climate change in terms of risk management, and the consequences generated by the imposition of a framework that requires more precision than many policy fields can provide.