Opinions of German and Chinese students on climate and climate change

25.09.2017

Extensive project comparing the attitudes of young scientists at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China and CliSAP in Hamburg, Germany

In the framework, and with funding, of Integrated Activity „Understanding Science Interaction”, PhD students (and some others) of the SICSS School of CliSAP have been surveyed about their opinions on climate and climate science by Hans von Storch and Andreas Ullmann.

This survey is part of a more extensive project comparing the attitudes of young scientists at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China and CliSAP in Hamburg, Germany - by Chen Xueen (Qingdao), Dennis Bray (British Columbia), Andreas Ullmann and Hans von Storch (Hamburg).

Now, a rough listing of the response frequencies has been made available of the SICCS-webpage, which are supposed to inform the Hamburg participants about "their" survey. It should not be taken as a publication, but an information “on the fly”.

[Permission to use the data in public or scholarly presentations and articles is not given until regular publication in a journal has taken place. After 31. December 2018 the data can be use freely. Then the data will be available at a publicly accessible archive.]

A first comparison of results indicates that Chinese students in our sample are somewhat less certain about the perspective of climate change and the skill of climate models, and adopt a less activist position than those in our German sample. However, drawing definite conclusions about the similarities and dissimilarities is limited, as the two samples differ in several ways, in particular the timing of the survey. However, we believe that our results may be taken as hypotheses, which may be challenged in future analyses.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)
Max-Planck-Straße 1
21502 Geesthacht

+49 4152 871831
hvonstorch@web.de