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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Dr Wendy Parker

Parker, Wendy S. & Lusk, Greg (2019). Incorporating user values into climate services. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Author(s) from Durham


Climate services should consider not just what users want to know, but also which errors users particularly want to avoid.

Increasingly there are calls for climate services to be “co-produced” with users, taking into account not only the basic information needs of users but also their value systems and decision contexts. What does this mean in practice? One way that user values can be incorporated into climate services is in the management of inductive risk. This involves understanding which errors in climate service products would have particularly negative consequences from the users’ perspective (e.g. underestimating rather than overestimating the change in an impact variable) and then prioritizing the avoidance of those errors. This essay shows how inductive risk could be managed in climate services in ways that serve user values and argues that there are both ethical and practical reasons in favor of doing so.