Climate change in the baltic sea region: A cross-country analysis of institutional stakeholder perceptions
2012 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 41, no 6, 645-655 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Before climate change is considered in long-term coastal management, it is necessary to investigate how institutional stakeholders in coastal management conceptualize climate change, as their awareness will ultimately affect their actions. Using questionnaires in eight Baltic Sea riparian countries, this study examines environmental managers’ awareness of climate change. Our results indicate that problems related to global warming are deemed secondary to short-term social and economic issues. Respondents agree that problems caused by global warming will become increasingly important, but pay little attention to adaptation and mitigation strategies. Current environmental problems are expected to continue to be urgent in the future. We conclude that an apparent gap exists between decision making, public concerns, and scientific consensus, resulting in a situation in which the latest evidence rarely influences commonly held opinions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2012. Vol. 41, no 6, 645-655 p.
climate change, Baltic Sea region countries, adaptation, decision making
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80943DOI: 10.1007/s13280-012-0327-9ISI: 000308039100012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80943DiVA: diva2:549463
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
From the issue entitled "Special Issue: ECOSUPPORT – Different Ecosystem Drivers Under Future Climate Scenarios in the Baltic Sea"2012-09-042012-09-042016-06-14