Climate Dialogue 2018-02-05T10:12:29+00:00

Climate Dialogue Archive announcement

From November 2012 till February 2015, Climate Dialogue offered a platform for discussions between mainstream and sceptic climate scientists about important climate topics.

The Climate Dialogue website was “frozen” after the publication of the end-report in February 25th and the content has not been changed in any way since, in accordance with the wishes of KNMI and PBL who were responsible for the site during the discussions.

On February 1st 2018, Stichting Milieu, Wetenschap & Beleid (Environment, Science & Policy Foundation) has agreed to facilitate the archive on its site. As far as technically possible, the original site has been transfered to the new platform unchanged, enabling a secure maintenance of the site for an indefinite period.

I hope you will appreciate the many valuable insights that have been preserved in this archive.

Theo Wolters,
Chairman of Stichting Milieu, Wetenschap & Beleid

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UPDATE: The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment stopped financing Climate Dialogue, at which point both PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) stopped their involvement in this project. The blog ClimateDialogue will remain online until 1 January 2016 and Marcel Crok will take on the responsibility for its continuation. Neither PBL nor KNMI will be responsible for any text written after 1 January 2015.

The project organization consists of an editorial staff, an advisory board, and a supervisory board. The editorial staff is concerned with the day-to-day operation of researching topics, finding participants for the discussion, moderating the discussions between the experts, and writing summaries of the discussions held. The main task of the advisory board is to guard the neutrality of the platform and to advise the editorial staff about its activities in particulair in writing the summaries. The supervisory contains representatives from the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). The board operates on the background. Their main task is to approve the introductions and summaries before publication on the website.

Editorial staff : Editor in Chief is Marcel Crok, an investigative science writer who published a critical book (in Dutch) about the climate debate and expert reviewer of the fifth assessment report. The second member of the editorial staff is Bart Strengers. He is a climate policy analyst and modeler in the IMAGE-project at PBL and has for many years been involved in the discussion with climate skeptics.

Advisory board : Herman Russchenberg is chairman of the advisory board. He is Professor at the Delft Technical Unisversity (TUD), the Netherlands. He works in the department of geoscience and remote sensing of the faculty of civil engineering and geosciences.

The other two members of the advisory board are:
Theo Wolters is the owner of an engineering company. He has a longtime interest in both climate and energy issues and he was the one who came up with the idea and the format for the Climate Dialogue platform back in 2010.

Guido van der Werf, senior researcher at the VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. His fields of interest are the interaction of the global carbon cycle and the climate system, with special focus on deforestation and forest fires.

Supervisory board : This board includes project leader Willem Ligtvoet who also represents PBL and Wilco Hazeleger who represents KNMI. Willem Ligtvoet is Deputy sector head and Senior Policy Researcher Water and Climate at PBL. Wilco Hazeleger leads the Global Climate Division of KNMI and he has a chair in Climate Dynamics at Wageningen University.

Project supervisor : Willem Ligtvoet is project supervisor and has the final responsibility for the whole project, both financially and substantive, the latter responsibility being shared with Wilco Hazeleger. Bart Strengers supports Willem Ligtvoet as executive project leader.