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Risk Analysis: Special Issue on Climate Change Risk Perception and Communication

June 2012
Risk Analysis

Climate change is an increasingly salient issue for societies and policy-makers worldwide. It now raises fundamental interdisciplinary issues of risk and uncertainty analysis and communication. The growing scientific consensus over the anthropogenic causes of climate change appears to sit at odds with the increasing use of risk discourses in policy: for example to aid in climate adaptation decision making. All of this points to a need for a fundamental revision of our conceptualization of what it is to do climate risk communication. This Special Collection comprises seven papers stimulated by a workshop on “Climate Risk Perceptions and Communication” held at Cumberland Lodge Windsor in 2010. Topics addressed include climate uncertainties, images and the media, communication and public engagement, uncertainty transfer in climate communication, the role of emotions, localization of hazard impacts, and longitudinal analyses of climate perceptions. Taken as a whole, the papers in this special collection add significantly to the contemporary scientific debate about climate risk communication within risk research and climate policy. They also help to underline some of the many conceptual and methodological challenges emerging in this critical area of risk perception and communication research.

  1. Risk Communication Public Engagement
  2. Unquestioned Answers
  3. Rural Nevada and Climate Change
  4. Rise of GW Skepticism
  5. Psychological Distance of Climate Change
  6. Interplay between Knowledge et al
  7. Climate Change Risk Perception and Communication
  8. Climate Change Communication

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis. Risk analysis is broadly defined to include risk assessment, risk characterization, risk communication, risk management, and policy relating to risk. SRA’s interests include risks to human health and the environment, both built and natural. They consider threats from physical, chemical, and biological agents and from a variety of human activities as well as natural events. SRA analyzes risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at various geographic scales.

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