Improving the Application and Use of Climate Information: Three Lessons from Behavioral Psychology.

Technical Brief | May 30, 2019

An analysis of how stakeholders make decisions that include ambiguous climate-relevant information, with an attempt to articulate the application of such information in a rapidly changing policy context. By inserting behavioral psychology principles, this study examines effective means of applying that climate information for better decision making.

This brief highlights findings from a study that investigated how people make decisions that include uncertain climate information and attempts to articulate their application in a rapidly changing policy context. By applying behavioral psychology principles, the study explored effective means to present uncertain climate information in a way that leads to better uptake and therefore better-informed decisions. Findings were collected via desktop analysis of available literature, a workshop, and online experimental surveys targeting policy makers and practitioners in the health and water sectors.