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Main Title: Indicators on the Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity in Germany—Data Driven or Meeting Political Needs?
Author(s): Schliep, Rainer
Walz, Ulrich
Sukopp, Ulrich
Heiland, Stefan
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: When developing new indicators for policy advice, two different approaches exist and may be combined with each other. First, a data-driven, bottom-up approach determines indicators primarily by the availability of suitable data. Second, indicators can be developed by a top-down approach, on the basis of political fields of action and related normative goals. While the bottom-up approach might not meet the needs of an up-to-date policy advice, the top-down approach might lack the necessary data. To discuss these problems and possible solutions, we refer to the ongoing development of an indicator system on impacts of climate change on biodiversity in Germany, where a combination of both approaches has been successfully applied. We describe suitable indicators of this system and discuss the reasons for the remaining gaps. Both approaches, mentioned above, have advantages, constraints, and shortcomings. The scientific accuracy of the indicators, the availability of data and the purpose of policy advice have to be well-balanced while developing such indicator systems.
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2018
Date Available: 26-Nov-2018
DDC Class: 333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Subject(s): indicators
climate change
data needs
policy advice
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, TH 662/19-1, Open Access Publizieren 2017 - 2018 / Technische Universität Berlin
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 10
Issue: 11
Article Number: 3959
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su10113959
EISSN: 2071-1050
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