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Climate change perceptions in Bavaria : Revealing the influence of socio-demographic and local environmental factors

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Landwehr, Theresa ; Riebl, Rebekka ; Haensel, Maria ; Schmitt, Thomas Michael ; Thiemann, Miriam ; Koellner, Thomas:
Climate change perceptions in Bavaria : Revealing the influence of socio-demographic and local environmental factors.
In: GAiA. Vol. 32 (2023) Issue 3 . - pp. 312-321.
ISSN 0940-5550
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.32.3.8

Abstract in another language

People’s perceptions of climate change are crucial for their readiness to engage in mitigation and adaptation. To identify the most influential factors in shaping perceptions of climate change, we conducted a comprehensive survey, carried out in Bavaria, Germany. Overall, 2,594 individuals across four societal actor groups were surveyed, namely 1,413 farmers, 197 foresters, 152 nature managers, and 832 citizens (no specific profession). We explored to what extent environmental factors (climate trends and land cover conditions in interviewees’ place of residence – based on geographical data) and socio-demographic factors (age, gender, education, societal actor group affiliation – based on survey data) influence perceptions of climate change. Data analyses, including random forest algorithms, revealed socio-demographic factors, particularly societal actor group affiliations, as most influential variables. Local land cover conditions and climate trends only marginally affected residents’ perceptions. Consequently, our results suggest to consider socio-demographic factors for tailoring climate communication, policies and awareness raising campaigns, particularly targeting societal groups most skeptical about climate change.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: climate change perceptions; environmental factors; Germany; random forest; societal actor groups; survey
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Ecological Services > Professor Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Central research institutes > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Ecological Services
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Central research institutes
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2023 05:53
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 12:53
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/87267