USABLE CLIMATE KNOWLEDGE? THE RELATIONSHIP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGES AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION

This paper is an analysis of how local government employees domesticate climate science for the purpose of climate adaptation. Employees in Norwegian municipalities perceive the consequences of climate change as a serious challenge, but while placing trust in climate science they consider it too difficult to use. The paper discusses how these employees perceive the challenges of appropriating climate science knowledge and putting it to use. It is found that technologies of bureaucracy, such as new and updated standards and regulations, are in demand as they are considered vital in enabling practical knowledge as well as political authorization of its credibility.

Keywords: climate science knowledge, domestication, climate adaptation, technologies of bureaucracy, knowledge transfer