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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2018-16
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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2018-16
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Research article 29 Oct 2018

Research article | 29 Oct 2018

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The role of climate scientists in the post-factual society

Erlend M. Knudsen1,2 and Oria J. de Bolsée2 Erlend M. Knudsen and Oria J. de Bolsée
  • 1Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Köln, Germany
  • 2Pole to Paris, Christchurch, New Zealand

Abstract. The politicization of and societal debate on climate change science has increased over the last decades. Here, the authors argue that the role of climate scientists in our societies needs to adapt in accordance with this development. We share our experiences from the awareness campaign Pole to Paris, which engaged the general public on climate change issues on the roads from the polar regions to Paris and through conventional and social media. Based on these experiences, as well as those from other science communication initiatives, we suggest a way forward for climate scientists in the post-factual society.

Erlend M. Knudsen and Oria J. de Bolsée
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The politicization of climate change science has increased over the last decades. In this commentary, we argue that the role of climate scientists in our societies needs to adapt to this development. We share our experiences from leaving our offices to interact with diversified people on our running and cycle paths from the polar regions to the Paris climate summit. Based on these experiences, we suggest key components for successful communication with non-academic audiences in the 21st century.
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