Indicators on the Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity in Germany—Data Driven or Meeting Political Needs? [article]

Rainer Schliep, Ulrich Walz, Ulrich Sukopp, Stefan Heiland, Technische Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin
When developing new indicators for policy advice, two different approaches exist and may be combined with each other. First, a data-driven, bottom-up approach determines indicators primarily by the availability of suitable data. Second, indicators can be developed by a top-down approach, on the basis of political fields of action and related normative goals. While the bottom-up approach might not meet the needs of an up-to-date policy advice, the top-down approach might lack the necessary data.
more » ... To discuss these problems and possible solutions, we refer to the ongoing development of an indicator system on impacts of climate change on biodiversity in Germany, where a combination of both approaches has been successfully applied. We describe suitable indicators of this system and discuss the reasons for the remaining gaps. Both approaches, mentioned above, have advantages, constraints, and shortcomings. The scientific accuracy of the indicators, the availability of data and the purpose of policy advice have to be well-balanced while developing such indicator systems.
doi:10.14279/depositonce-7681 fatcat:glwjoxuf7rfizde55dim5lz7yu