Audiences at the Heart of the IPCC: Exploratory Research Into the IPCC's Communications


  • Christel van Eck Windesheim University of Applied Sciences


In 2010, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted a formal strategy to make its communications available and accessible for audiences beyond its primary audience of governments and policymakers. By means of interviews with prominent climate change communicators in the United Kingdom, the needs of its secondary audiences (e.g., NGOs, journalists, general public) are explored with reference to core elements of every communication process. The results show that the IPCC currently applies an outdated model of science communication. There is room for improvement. The present research produced 11 recommendations for the IPCC to communicate more effectively to its multiple audiences.

Author Biography

Christel van Eck, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Climate Outreach & Information Network


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How to Cite

van Eck, C. (2015). Audiences at the Heart of the IPCC: Exploratory Research Into the IPCC’s Communications. Student Undergraduate Research E-Journal!, 1. Retrieved from



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