The Social Psychology of Expertise: Case Studies in Research, Professional Domains, and Expert Roles

By Harald A. Mieg | Go to book overview

CHAPTER
6

Case Study II:
Predicting Climate Change
1988–1997

We leave the field of finance for a while and turn to the problems of environmental protection. As in the case of financial markets, it would be useful to have reliable information on the future development of environmental systems: This is as true for global problems, such as climate change, as it is for defined local problems, such as contaminated sites. In contrast to financial markets, there is also substantial uncertainty about how to understand the present state of environmental systems.

This chapter presents a case study on expertise and experts involved in research on climate changes. It roughly comprises the 10 years between 1988 and 1997, commencing with the foundation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988 and ending with the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, through which the industrialized countries bound themselves to specified reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. The first section focuses on scientific expertise. We see the many ways that uncertainty comes into play and how scientists deal with it. The second section shows how some scientists try to take into account the social and local uncertainties by including citizens and local experts. We find that even when dealing with the global problem of climate change, a kind of lay expert seems required: the local system expert.


6.1 CLIMATE CHANGE AS A MATTER OF
SCIENTIFIC CONCERN

The Problem

In 1990 and 1996, the IPCC published two detailed reports on the scientific assessment of climate change. The IPCC was jointly founded by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Environment

-123-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Social Psychology of Expertise: Case Studies in Research, Professional Domains, and Expert Roles
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 211

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.