Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (Phase III): Public perception of ocean acidification and the role of information

Public support for climate change mitigation policies is greatly influenced by people’s risk perception of climate change. One major challenge in climate change communication is uncertainty. Yet, previous studies suggest that lay people may be reluctant to respond to information that comes with high uncertainty. Based on a representative online survey the project aims: 1) to analyze public perception of Ocean Acidification (OA) in Germany, and 2) to examine how uncertainty in climate change communication and framing of outcomes influence people’s risk perception and thus their willingness to mitigate.

Duration:     2015-2017 (Phase III)
Funding:     German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Partners:     Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (AWI); Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg; GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG); Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf; Jacobs University, Bremen; Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW); Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (IGB); Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde; Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen (ZMT); MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen; Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (MPI); PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH, Regensburg; University of Bremen; University of Hamburg; University of Koblenz-Landau; University of Münster; University of Rostock; Ruhr University, Bochum
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz