Narrowing the climate information usability gap

Maria Carmen Lemos, Christine J. Kirchhoff, Vijay Ramprasad

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Climate-change-related risks pose serious threats to the management of a wide range of social, economic and ecological systems. Managing these risks requires knowledge-intensive adaptive management and policy-making actively informed by scientific knowledge, especially climate science. However, potentially useful climate information often goes unused. This suggests a gap between what scientists understand as useful information and what users recognize as usable in their decision-making. We propose a dynamic conceptual model to address this gap and highlight strategies to move information from useful to usable to reduce climate-related risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-794
Number of pages6
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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