The rapid development of Information and Communication Technologies is transforming the way people are exchanging information with each other. It is also resulting in new narrative for information sharing in all aspects of human civilization, including for climate change.
In today’s digital world, data has become one of the most valuable assets for individuals, organizations, and societies. The amount of data that is being generated is increasing exponentially, and it has become crucial to understand the importance of data and how it can benefit the humanity in various ways. Climate change is also intrinsically linked to the availability of quality data and – emphatically put, the presentation thereof, as accurate and reliable information is essential for understanding the problem and developing effective responses. The use of open data has emerged as a powerful tool in addressing climate change, enabling greater transparency, and facilitating collaborations across sectors. However, open data can also be susceptible to disinformation, leading to harmful consequences for climate action.
The quality and availability of climate data can vary widely depending on the region and the type of data being collected. Even when data is collected, often the way data is presented ensues several structural and procedural fallacies. These can result in significant gaps in our understanding of climate change, making it more difficult to develop effective policies and strategies to mitigate and adapt to its effects.
Furthermore, the availability of quality data is critical for monitoring the effectiveness of climate policies and interventions. Openness of quality data on climate change such as emissions, and drivers of the climate change such as consumption are essential for assessing the effectiveness of adaptation strategies.