A simplified scale for assessing and communicating climate change impacts

Macfarlane, M. H. and Ribbe, J. (2012) A simplified scale for assessing and communicating climate change impacts. In: 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change National Conference: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges (PRCC 2012), 1-3 May 2012, Canberra, Australia.


Climate change is regarded as one of the greatest policy challenges ever faced by governments and policy makers. To understand and compare the impact of climate change between regions requires a clear and consistent measure. To date, there is no one simplified scale for measuring climate change impact for policy makers and the general public. This paper highlights the need for a simplified impact scale to improve clarity and reduce complexity in communicating climate change impacts to a broader audience. Further, the paper presents a simplified prototype scale option for measuring and communicating climate change impacts. Subsequently, the scale was trialled by 18 Pacific Island states and a survey was undertaken. The paper analyses the results of the Pacific trial and provides a synopsis on the findings. Such a scale could be applied to gain a high-level understanding of climate change impacts for a region.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 00:32
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, climate impacts scale, South Pacific Island States, climate policy
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960309 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. Social Impacts)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22314

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