An interdisciplinary look at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – The Hamburg IPCC Survey

The future value of the IPCC’s Assessment Reports, and of the IPCC itself, is currently the subject of heated debate – not only in the media and the political world, but also among the scientific community. Our online study “The Hamburg IPCC Survey” offers a systematic summary of climate researchers’ views on the future of the IPCC.

The goal of exploring our interdisciplinary views on the IPCC process is to promote a more in-depth discussion concerning the future of the IPCC. The online study provides a basis of data for doing so: it presents the results for 138 Hamburg-based climate researchers from the natural and social sciences with regard to their appraisal and use of the IPCC’s Assessment Reports, a number which represents 54 percent of those researchers approached.

87 percent of those researchers surveyed claimed they had read at least one IPCC report in whole or in part. This clearly reflects the major importance of the IPCC’s reports for interdisciplinary climate research – an aspect that has remained largely overlooked to date, despite the exhaustive debates on the IPCC. Accordingly, future debates on the Assessment Reports should take into account not only their political impact, but also their significance for scientists.

Team: Imke Hoppe, Bärbel Langmann, Simone Rödder