In the Synthesis team we are directly driven by the CLICCS overarching research question:
Which climate futures are possible and which are plausible?
Our research targets the spaces between disciplines, looking for ways to exploit both social- and natural-science expertise within our cluster and beyond.
Our research activities also have an integrative nature within the cluster, by establishing platforms on cross-cutting issues including:
- Evidence synthesis methods, such as systematic reviews
- Reflecting on “diverse ways of knowing” in climate research
- Establishment of an observation matrix, for tracking key developments that influence the plausibility of climate futures
One of our key responsibilities is the Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook, an annual publication drawing on research results from within CLICCS and beyond. The Outlook will contribute to the assessment of what future co-developments of climate change and society are possible – meaning that they are consistent with our joint understanding of both climate and social dynamics – and which are plausible – meaning that we expect them to unfold with appreciable probability.
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