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Climate Research and Science-Policy: What is ethical practice and how do we get there?

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Session Description: 

Given the significant and irreversible impacts of climate change on communities and the environment, there is increasing focus on how the scientific community can best support decision-makers. This talk examines risk and responsibility in adaptation research and decision-making through the lens of professional ethics, to outline how research might better contribute to informed adaptation. Dr. Howden explores the ethical considerations of researchers working in stakeholder engagement and explains the need for institutional innovation to generate more effective engagement, including trust-building. In doing so, he seeks to demonstrate how ethical research practice can support greater alignment of science and public values in climate adaptation and increase the likely success of decisions.

Workshop Topic (s): 
  • Climate Variability and Change (including Climate Modeling)
  • Human Contributions & Responses
  • Land-Use/Land-Cover Change