Climate Risk Decision-making: Translation of Decision Support into Policy

Erik Mackie, Irena Leisbet Ceridwen Connon, Mark Workman, Alyssa Gilbert, Emily Shuckburgh

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Despite mounting evidence and warnings of current and future climate risks, climate policy in the UK and globally falls far short of achieving the required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to stave off the risks posed by climate change, and limit global warming to 1.5C. The science on climate risk is strong, but the policy response is currently lacking in effectiveness. Why are the plethora of climate risk assessments and decision support tools available to decision-makers not always translating into effective policy action on climate risk? What are the challenges, complexities and uncertainties associated with this translational process, and how can we improve the research translation pipeline in order to achieve more effective decision-making on climate policy? These are some of the key questions that this UK Universities Climate Network report aims to address, through a combination of literature review, case study assessment and input from stakeholder workshops.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGrantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment
PublisherGrantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment; UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN)
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameThe UK Universities CLIMATE Network
PublisherUK Universities Climate Network (UUCN)


  • climate change
  • complexity
  • Decision support
  • policy
  • Translational research
  • climate action
  • Decision support systems
  • Decision support techniques
  • CO2 emission reduction
  • transformational change
  • Climate risk
  • Risk mitigation measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Energy(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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