Climate Change Communication Collection (CCCC)

A collection of peer-reviewed research articles to better inform scientists how to present, speak, and communicate about climate change and issues regarding climate change. This database was completed by Madelyn Huinker (Communication Studies, Environmental Studies) in Fall 2020.

Three research questions were used in the collection process:

1) How do key dimensions of scientific trustworthiness and credibility affect public acceptance of scientific claims, including climate change messaging?

2) How does communication about climate change affect or intersect with public perceptions of scientific trustworthiness or credibility?

3) How can communication and engagement strategies about climate change be designed to enhance perceptions of scientific trustworthiness and credibility?

This database provides support for these questions and encourages others to expand upon these questions and this collection of knowledge to further investigate and improve climate change communication.

J. Gordon Arbuckle, Jr., Lois Wright Morton, Jon HobbsUnderstanding Farmer Perspectives on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: The Roles of Trust in Sources of Climate Information, Climate Information, Climate Change Beliefs, and Perceived Risk2015Environment and Behavior10.1177/001391651350382Trust, beliefs, perceived risk
Maxwell T. Boykoff, Jules M. BoykoffClimate change and journalistic norms: A case-study of US mass-media coverage200710.1016/j.geogorum.2007.01.008Global warming, mass-media, United States, Journalism, Bias
Steven R. Brechin, Medani Bhandari Perceptions of climate change worldwide201110.1002/wcc.146General public, willingness, public perceptions
Anthony A. Leiserowitz, Edward W. Maibach, et al. Climategate, Public Opinion, and the Loss of Trust2012American Behavioral Scientist10.1177/0002764212458272Trust, public opinion, climate change, risk perception, climategate
Viktoria Cologna, Michael SiegristThe role of trust for climate change mitigation and adaptation behaviour: A meta-analysis2020Journal of Environmental Psychology10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101428Trust, mitigation, adaptation, climate scientists, Pro-environmental behaviour
Janis L. Dickinson, Rhiannon Crain, et al. How Framing Climate Change Influences Citizen Scientists' Intentions to Do Something About It2013The Journal of Environmental Education10.1080/00958964.2012.742032education, collective action, dire messages, framing, group efficacy, terror management theory
Arthur LupiaCommunicating science in politicized environments2013Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)10.1073/pnas.1212726110belief change, civic education, political communication, science communication
John E. Kotcher, Teresa A. Myers, Emily K. Vraga, Neil Stenhouse & Edward W. MalbachDoes Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists Results from a Randomized National Survey Experiment2017Environmental Communication10.1080/17524032.2016.1275736advocacy, credibility, trust in scientists, public engagement, message effects
Baruch FishchoffNonpersuasive Communication about Matters of Greatest Urgency: Climate Change2007Environmental Science & TechnologyNo DOI. Link to article:, advocacy, science, policy
Jean Goodwin, Michael F. DahlstromCommunication strategies for earning trust in climate change debates 2014WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.262Communication strategies, trust, debate
Gordon Gauchat, Timothy O'Brien, Oriol MirosaThe legitimacy of environmental scientists in the public sphere2017Climatic Change10.1007/s10584-017-2015-zpolicy, attitudes, public sphere, beliefs
Lawrence C. Hamilton, Joel Hartter, Kei SaitoTrust in Scientists on Climate Change and Vaccines 2015SAGE Journals10.1177/2158244015602752climate change, vaccines, trust, scientists, forest management, partisanship, ideology, liberals
Jay D. Hmielowski, Lauren Feldman, Teresa A. Myers, et al.An attack on science? Media use, trust in scientists, and perceptions of global warming 2013Public Understanding of Science10.1177/0963662513480091cable news, media effects, quantitative, survey
David Sleeth-Keppler, Robert Perkowitz, Meighen SpeiserIt's a Matter of Trust: American Judgments of the Credibility of Informal Communicators on Solutions to Climate Change2015Environmental Communication10.1080/17524032.2015.1062790Epistemic authority, demographics, persuasion, trust
Dan M. Kahan, Ellen Peters, Maggie Wittlin, et al.The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks 2012Nature Climate Change10.1038/nclimate1547perceived risk, science literacy
Bjørn P. Kaltenborn, Olve Krange, Torvald TangelandCultural resources and public trust shape attitudes toward climate change and preferred futures - A case study among the Norwegian public2017Futures10.1016/j.futures.2017.04.005attitudes, socialization, cultural resources, trust
Jon A. Krosnick, Allyson L. Holbrook, Laura Lowe, et al.The Origins and Consequences of Democratic Citizens' Policy Agendas: A Study of Popular Concern About Global Warming2006Climatic Change10.1007/s10584-006-9068-8judgments, severity, beliefs, public policy
Justine Lacey, Mark Howden, Christopher Cvitanovic, et al. Understanding and managing trust at the climate science-policy interface2018Nature Climate Change10.1038/s41558-017-0010-zpolicy, society, responsiveness, understanding
Anthony LeiserowitzInternational Public Opinion, Perception, and Understanding of Global Climate Change2007United Nations Development Programmepublic, perception, understanding
Ariel Malka, Jon A. Krosnick, Gary LangerThe Association of Knowledge with Concern About Global Warming: Trusted Information Sources Shape Public thinking 2009Society for Risk Analysis10.1111/j.1539-6924.2009.01220.xsource credibility, political attitudes
Susanne C. MoserCommunicating climate change: history, challenges, process and future directions 2010WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.11perceptions, behavior, communication
Susanne C. Moser, Julia A. EkstromA framework to diagnose barriers to climate change adaptation2010Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)10.1073/pnas.1007887107adapting, social-ecological system, decision process
Matthew MottaThe enduring effect of scientific interest on trust in climate scientists in the United States 2018Nature Climate Change10.1038/s41558-018-0126-9scientific interest, adulthood, bipartisan, youth
Teresa A. Myers, John Kotcher, Neil Stenhouse, Ashley A. Anderson, et al.Predictors of trust in the general science and climate science research of US federal agencies2016Public Understanding of Science10.1177/0963662516636040climate science, public opinion, trust
Matthew C. Nisbet, Teresa MyersThe Polls - Trends: Twenty Years of Public Opinion About Global Warming 2007Public Opinion Quarterly10.1093/poq/nfm031public opinion, ideology, policy, support
Tien Ming Lee, Ezra M. Markowitz, Peter D. Howe, et al.Predictors of public climate change awareness and risk perception around the world2015Nature Climate Change10.1038/NCLIMATE2728public opinion, predictor, perceptions, education, literacy, public understanding
Ulrike Hahn, Adam J. L. Harris, Adam CornerPublic Reception of Climate Science: Coherence, Reliability, and Independence2015Topics in Cognitive Science10.1111/tops.12173testimony, consensus, source credibility, coherence, Bayesian inference
Luis Sanz-Menédez, Laura Cruz-CastroThe credibility of scientific communication sources regarding climate change: A population-based survey experiment2019Public Understanding of Science10.1177/0963662519840946information credibility, institutional confidence, public understanding of science, science communication, trust
Elke U. WeberWhat shapes perceptions of climate change?2010WIREs Climate Change 10.1002/wcc.41perceptions, culture, expectations, affect-based decisions
Elke U. Weber, Paul C. SternPublic Understanding of Climate Change in the United States 2011American Psychologist10.1037/a0023253risk perception, climate change perception, mental models, expert-novice differences
Lorraine WhitmarshScepticism and uncertainty about climate change: Dimensions, determinants, and change over time2011Global Environmental Change10.1037/a0023253climate sceptics, public attitudes, perceptions, uncertainty
Brigitte Nerlich, Nelya Koteyko, Brian BrownTheory and language of climate change communication2009WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.2perceptions, behavior, knowledge
David Ockwell, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Saffron O'NeillReorienting Climate Change Communication for Effective Mitigation: Forcing People to be Green or Fostering Grass-Roots Engagement?2009Science Communication10.1177/1075547008328969social norms, free rider effect, political capital, public acceptance
Chris Russill, Zoe NyssaThe tipping point trend in climate change communication2009Global Environmental Change10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.04.001news media, threshold, tipping point, anthropogenic intererence
Daniel A. Chapman, Brian Lickel, Ezra M. MarkowitzReassessing emotion in climate change communication2017Nature Climate Change10.1038/s41558-017-0021-9psychology, behavior, emotions, affective
Warren Pearce, Brian Brown, Brigitte Nerlich, Nelya KoteykoCommunicating climate change: conduits, content, and consensus 2015WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.366Perceptions, tensions, public engagement, online media
Adam Seth Levine, Reuben KlineA new approach for evaluating climate change communication2017Climatic Change10.1007/s10584-017-1952-xpublic opinion, political engagement, partner organization, climate change risk
Peter Weingart, Anita Engels, Petra PansegrauRisks of communication: discourses on climate change in science, politics, and the mass media2000Public Understanding of Science10.1088/0963-6625/9/3/304mass media, theoretical implications, Germany
Adam Corner, Christopher GrovesBreaking the climate change communication deadlock2014Nature Climate ChangeNo DOI. Link to article:, tensions, institutions
Anne Gammelgaard BallantyneClimate change communication: what can we learn from communication theory? 2016WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.392perceptions, literature review, framework
Alison AndersonSources, media, and modes of climate change communication: the role of celebrities2011WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.119portrayal, print media, culture, double-edged sword
Donald W Hine, Joseph P Reser, Mark Morrison, Wendy J Phillips, et al. Audience segmentation and climate change communication: conceptual and methodological considerations2014WIREs Climate Change10.1002/wcc.279audience segmentation, values, beliefs
Adam R. Pearson, Matthew T. Ballew, Sarah Naiman, Jonathon P. SchuldtRace, Class, Gender and Climate Change Communication201710.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.412diversity, race, ethnicity, gender, social identity, intergroup relations
Anthony Leiserowitz, Karen AkerlofRace, Ethnicity and Public Responses to Climate Change2010Yale Project on Climate ChangeNo DOI. public support, policy, racial and ethnic groups, minorities
Sabine RoeserRisk Communication, Public Engagement, and Climate Change: A Role for Emotions 2012Risk Analysis10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01812.xemotions, lifestyle change
Saffron J. O'Neill, Maxwell Boykoff, Simon Niemeyer, Sophie A. DayOn the use of imagery for climate change engagement2012Global Environmental Change10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.11.006climate imagery, perceptions, public engagement, saliency
Matthew C. NisbetCommunicating Climate Change: Why Frames Matter for Public Engagement2010Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development10.3200/ENVT.51.2.12-23education, frames, public engagement
Saffron O'Neill, Sophie Nicholson-Cole"Fear Won't Do It": Promoting Positive Engagement With Climate Change Through Visual and Iconic Representations2009Science Communication10.1177/1075547008329201fear-arousal, visual, engagement
Sarah Schweizer, Shawn Davis, Jessica Leigh ThompsonChanging the Conversation about Climate Change: A Theoretical Framework for Place-Based Climate Change Engagement2013Environmental Communication10.1080/17524032.2012.753634cultural values and beliefs, norm activation, action
Keith R. Stamm, Fiona Clark, Paula Reynolds EblacasMass communication and public understanding of environmental problems: the case of global warming 2000Public Understanding of Science10.1088/0963-6625/9/3/302mass media, interpersonal, misconceptions