Climate Data Empathy

Brönnimann, Stefan; Wintzer, Jeannine (2018). Climate Data Empathy. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews - climate change, 10(2), e559. Wiley 10.1002/wcc.559

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In the era of climate services, which provide globally complete data products in a ready-to-use form, the context of climate data is in danger of being neglected or forgotten. However, the historical and present-day context imprinted on this climate data is important in its own right. The data depend on political, economic and technological factors, as we show with a range of data coverage maps. We term awareness of and sensitivity to this context-dependence “climate data empathy,” and argue that context should be seen as a source of information to be communicated along with the data. Such context not only provides additional information about the data products, but may help in designing communication strategies and contribute more generally to raising awareness of the contingency of environmental data. Decision making should thus make use of both climate data and its context.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Brönnimann, Stefan and Wintzer, Jeannine

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

1757-7780

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Saba Sabina Baer

Date Deposited:

04 Dec 2018 08:18

Last Modified:

17 Feb 2019 02:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/wcc.559

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121546

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121546

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