Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 23 February 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This article discusses the physic-ness of climate science. It features three main sections. In Section 2, the article discusses the historical development of the concept of climate leading from an anthropocentric view to a strictly physical world-view, and one that is now moving once again towards a more anthropocentric view — this time concerning not only the impacts but also the drivers. In Section 3, the text discusses a series of physical issues, from modeling, over parameterizations, the impossibility of experimentation, and data problems. In Section 4, the article introduces the concept of ‘post-normal’ science, which is related to high uncertainties in the field of climate research, and the high stakes on the societal side. This article furthermore argues for the need for a trans-disciplinary approach to climate in order to assist in developing policies consistent with physical insights and cultural and social constraints.

Keywords: physic-ness of climate science, physical sciences, climate politics, anthropocentric view, trans-disciplinary approach

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.