Climate Dialogue

Climate Dialogue offers a platform for discussions between (climate) scientists on important climate topics that are of interest to both fellow scientists and the general public. The goal of the platform is to explore the full range of views that scientists have on these issues.

Approach
Each discussion will be kicked off by a short introduction written by the editorial staff, followed by a guest blog by two or more invited scientists. The scientists will start the discussion by reacting to  each others’ guest blogs and then arguments will be exchanged moderated by one of the members of the editorial staff. Once the discussion has reached the point where it is clear what the discussants agree or disagree on and why, the editioral staff will round off the discussion. The decision on when that point will have been reached is up to the editorial staff. The objective of Climate Dialogue is not to reach consensus, but rather to stimulate the discussion.

To round off the discussion on a particular topic, the Climate Dialogue editors will write a summary,  describing the areas of agreement and disagreement between the discussants. The participants will be asked to approve this final article, the discussion between the experts on that topic will be closed and the editorial staff will open a new discussion on a different topic.

The public (including other climate scientists) is also free to comment, but for practical reasons these comments will be shown separately.

Background
The discovery of a number of errors in the fourth IPCC-report on climate impacts (Working Group II) in early 2010, led to a review of the processes and procedures of the IPCC by the InterAcademy Council (IAC).  Many recommendations in this report have been adopted by IPCC. The IAC-report triggered a debate in the Dutch Parliament about the reliability of climate science in general. Based on the IAC recommendation that ‘the full range of views’ should be covered in the IPCC-reports, Parliament asked the government ‘to also involve climate skeptics in future studies  on climate change’.

As a result of this, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment  announced a couple of projects that are aimed to increase this involvement. Climate Dialogue is one of these projects.