Linking Risk Assessment and Risk Perception with Risk Management of Climate Change
This figure highlights the importance of incorporating both experts’ assessment of the climate change risk and general public perceptions of this risk in developing risk management strategies for reducing the negative impacts of climate change. As indicated by the arrows, how the public perceives risk should be considered when experts communicate data on the risks associated with climate change so the public refines its understanding of these risks. As the arrows indicate, the general public’s views must also be considered in addition to experts’ judgments when developing risk management strategies that achieve decision-makers’ desired objectives. Climate change policies that are implemented will, in turn, affect both expert assessment and public perception of this risk in the future, as indicated by the feedback loop from risk management to these two boxes.