Climate Change Research Project: 2009 –Present
The CVCERD Climate Change Research Project investigates people's understanding, knowledge and beliefs regarding a variety of issues related to climate change. This project began in 2009 with a survey of Chippewa Valley adults and UW-Eau Claire students and has continued through the present.
We have conducted surveys in the Chippewa Valley as well as across the United States and even in China among adults, college students and also middle and high school students.
Our focus in this research is on whether people think climate change is happening and what is causing it as well as how much risk of harm they perceive from climate change and how concerned they are about it. In addition, we have explored people's views on the science of climate change as well as their support for various policies to address climate change.
Our most recent work compares climate change public opinion across the diverse populations in the two largest carbon emitting countries in the world; China and the United States. Meaningful global action to address climate change will require both China and the United States to be involved. Thus, a better understanding of how citizens in these two countries view climate change is of great interest.
Thus far we have one peer reviewed published article and have written many reports and given many presentations. Below is a complete listing of our work on the Climate Change Research Project.
If you have a further interest in this project, for example, access to data and publications or a more detailed analysis, please contact Professor Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or by email at email@example.com.
In particular, please feel free to contact Dr. Jamelske if you have any ideas for future research projects related to climate change public opinion and/or if you would like to collaborate on a future research project with our group.
Publications and Working Papers
Comparing Climate Change Awareness, Perceptions, and Beliefs of College Students in the United States and China, Journal of Environmental Studies & Sciences, v3, n3, pp. 269-278, September 2013 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13412-013-0144-x
Comparing Climate Change Public Opinion of Adults and College
Students in the United States and China Preliminary Results from Surveys of
Chinese Adults in Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Chengdu – Fall 2013 (pdf)