Launch of the Topical Collection: Climate change communication and the IPCC

The Topical Collection (TC), published in the journal Climatic Change, was launched on Friday 05 November 2021 at COP26, Glasgow. The launch event was held in the Science Pavilion, 14.30-16.00 GMT, as a hybrid event (watch via the recording on YouTube).

Dr Saffron O’Neill introducing the Topical Collection ‘Climate Change Communication and the IPCC’
at the launch on 5 November 2021, COP26, Glasgow

About the Topical Collection
The TC showcases expertise in the international research, policy and other stakeholder communities in communicating climate change, and its relevance to the IPCC.

The IPCC has a long history of asking the research and global communications communities for input to its evolving communications strategy. The TC is fully independent of the IPCC, but has close links with many in the IPCC; through lead- or co-authorship by IPCC voices.

The TC presents 14 wide-ranging Articles and Essay contributions, all speaking to the theme of climate change communication and the IPCC. It is bookended by an Introductory Essay by the Guest Editors (Saffron O’Neill and Roz Pidcock) and a Synthesis Essay from IPCC Vice Chair, Thelma Krug.

Guest Editors
The Topical Collection is Guest Edited by Dr Saffron O’Neill and Dr Roz Pidcock, an academic-practitioner team. Roz is a writer, editor and climate communications specialist. She was previously Head of Communications for IPCC Working Group I and Deputy Editor at Carbon Brief. Saffron is Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Exeter.

All articles
Author final papers are available for download (below). Please hover over each paper’s image and click; the paper will download in a separate tab:

The Topical Collection on the Climatic Change website
Unfortunately, there have been production-side delays at the journal (Climatic Change, at publisher Springer Nature). This is why we have posted some papers as author final draft papers (i.e. without journal formatting) above, so that they were available in time for the launch at COP26. However, all papers will eventually be available at the Climate Change Communication and the IPCC Topical Collection webpage. Once they are uploaded, all articles will be Free Access (available to read, download and print without a subscription) for one month from the launch date.