Climatic Change

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 1–9

Probabilities in climate policy advice: a critical comment


    • Institute of PhilosophyFree University Berlin

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-007-9313-9

Cite this article as:
Betz, G. Climatic Change (2007) 85: 1. doi:10.1007/s10584-007-9313-9


This essay explores as to whether probabilistic climate forecasting is consistent with the prerequisites of democratic scientific policy advice. It argues that, given the boundaries of our current knowledge, it is highly problematic to assign exact, unconditional probabilities to possible values of climate sensitivity. The range of possible–instead of probable–future climate scenarios is what climate policy should be based on.

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