Recently, there have been experiences of public participation in the debate on climate change, despite the “invisibility” and scientific complexity of this environmental problem.
 

The study of public participation in climate change knowledge production from primary scientific sources provides data to draw and assess a communication model based on public dialogue.
 

The understanding of climate change knowledge production on which the present paper builds is based on the data collected through interviews to climate change scientists and participant observation during their fieldwork at the Ny-Ålesund International Arctic Environmental Research Station.
 

The science-society participation mechanisms identified and studied follow a regular pattern concerning its effectiveness in terms of communication. The patterns identified have been used to test a primary model of systemic environmental communication that works as a tool to understand the role of communication, information, and public participation in governance for sustainable development.

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Public participation in climate change knowledge production.An assessment of communication models

Joana Díaz Pont   Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Recently, there have been experiences of public participation in the debate on climate change, despite the “invisibility” and scientific complexity of this environmental problem.
 

The study of public participation in climate change knowledge production from primary scientific sources provides data to draw and assess a communication model based on public dialogue.
 

The understanding of climate change knowledge production on which the present paper builds is based on the data collected through interviews to climate change scientists and participant observation during their fieldwork at the Ny-Ålesund International Arctic Environmental Research Station.
 

The science-society participation mechanisms identified and studied follow a regular pattern concerning its effectiveness in terms of communication. The patterns identified have been used to test a primary model of systemic environmental communication that works as a tool to understand the role of communication, information, and public participation in governance for sustainable development.

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