Climatic Change

, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 203–209

From academic science to political hot potato: climatic change, risk and policy relevance

Open Access

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-010-9819-4

Cite this article as:
Pittock, B. Climatic Change (2010) 100: 203. doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9819-4


Climate change is now a hot political topic that blurs the boundary between policy relevant and policy prescriptive (as contained for example in the avowed stance of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). The growing political relevance of climate change science necessarily places a premium on timely advice and on risk assessment and management. What is the role of climate scientists in that new situation?

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSIRO, Marine & Atmospheric ResearchAspendaleAustralia

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