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Norwegian climate research. An evaluation

Abstract

[English] In early 2011, the Norwegian Research Council (RCN) appointed a committee to review Norwegian climate research. The aim of the evaluation was to provide a critical review of Norwegian climate research in an international perspective and to recommend measures to enhance the quality, efficiency and relevance of future climate research. The Evaluation Committee met three times: in August and December 2011, and March 2012. RCN sent an invitation to 140 research organisations to participate by delivering background information on their climate research. Based on the initial response, 48 research units were invited to submit self-assessments and 37 research units responded. These were invited to hearings during the second meeting of the Evaluation Committee in December. In our judgement, a great majority of the most active research units are covered by this evaluation report. It should be emphasised that the evaluation concerned the Norwegian landscape of climate research rather than individual scientists or research units. Bibliometric analyses and social network analyses provided additional information. We are aware of problems in making comparisons across disciplinary publishing traditions, especially with regard to the differences between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The Evaluation Committee also reviewed a number of governmental  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jun 15, 2012
Product Type:
Book
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; NORWAY; CLIMATES; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; CLIMATE MODELS; CLIMATIC CHANGE; EVALUATION; PERFORMANCE
OSTI ID:
22000089
Research Organizations:
The Research Council of Norway, Oslo (Norway)
Country of Origin:
Norway
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-82-12-03085-5; ISBN 978-82-12-03086-2; TRN: NO1205094
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited. Available from ETDE as OSTI ID: 22000089; Also available in PDF directly at: http://www.forskningsradet.no/servlet/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition%3A&blobheadervalue1=+attachment%3B+filename%3D%22FinalReportEvaluationClimateResearchweb.pdf%22&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1274497451807&ssbinary=true
Submitting Site:
NW
Size:
180 page(s)
Announcement Date:
Dec 04, 2012

Citation Formats

NONE. Norwegian climate research. An evaluation. Norway: N. p., 2012. Web.
NONE. Norwegian climate research. An evaluation. Norway.
NONE. 2012. "Norwegian climate research. An evaluation." Norway.
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abstractNote = {[English] In early 2011, the Norwegian Research Council (RCN) appointed a committee to review Norwegian climate research. The aim of the evaluation was to provide a critical review of Norwegian climate research in an international perspective and to recommend measures to enhance the quality, efficiency and relevance of future climate research. The Evaluation Committee met three times: in August and December 2011, and March 2012. RCN sent an invitation to 140 research organisations to participate by delivering background information on their climate research. Based on the initial response, 48 research units were invited to submit self-assessments and 37 research units responded. These were invited to hearings during the second meeting of the Evaluation Committee in December. In our judgement, a great majority of the most active research units are covered by this evaluation report. It should be emphasised that the evaluation concerned the Norwegian landscape of climate research rather than individual scientists or research units. Bibliometric analyses and social network analyses provided additional information. We are aware of problems in making comparisons across disciplinary publishing traditions, especially with regard to the differences between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The Evaluation Committee also reviewed a number of governmental and RCN policy documents and conducted interviews with the chairs of the NORKLIMA Programme Steering Board and the Norwegian IPY Committee, as well as with staff members of RCN. Additional information was received from hearings organised by RCN with the science communities and various stakeholders in January 2012. For the purpose of this evaluation, climate research was divided into three broad thematic areas: 1. The climate system and climate change: research on climate variability and change in order to improve our capability of understanding climate and of projecting climate change for different time scales with reduced uncertainty and increased spatial detail. Advances will provide climate information for national and international decision making. The focus is on physical, chemical and biological processes in the atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial, and cryospheric systems that are relevant to the climate system. 2. The impacts of, and adaptation to, climate change and variability: insights into the impacts of climate change and variability on the natural environment and on society; i.e. research on how species and ecosystems will be affected and on how society will be affected through changes in food production, water availability, health, etc. 3. Institutions and instruments for response to climate change: research on national and international climate policy, institutions (norms, principles, organisations, strategies, measures and instruments) for reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change. Analysis of how societal relations at multiple levels of governance need to change in order to deal with climate change. This includes issues related to economic growth and poverty reduction, migration, changes in the attitudes and behaviour of the population etc.(auth)}
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