On 27 September 2009, the Platform Communication on Climate Change (PCCC) received the "Outreach & Communication Award 2009" from the European Meteorological Society for contributing to bridging the gap between science and society.
The portal provides scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to the scientific basis of natural and human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. The portal actively responds to current developments such as extreme weather phenomena, new scientific insights, major conferences or breakthroughs in climate policy. Users of the portal can be interactively involved, by responding to the information needs of the public.
The portal environment is managed by the PCCC, a joint venture among the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving - PBL), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Het Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut - KNMI), the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research Â (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - NOW), the Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR), the Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Utrecht University and the Energy Centre in the Netherlands (Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland - ECN). The portal is supported by the Climate for Space BSIK program.
The PCCC aims to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the communication of Dutch climate research and to provide an online communication platform, where all interested parties and Dutch research/knowledge institutes can make use of. Additionally, the climate PCCC portal facilitates workshops and other communication activities. Furthermore, constructive dialogue with those that use scientific arguments to feed the climate debate (either climate protagonists or sceptics), in order to ensure scientific soundness, is being highly encouraged. The group of the initiative-takers have committed to the Memorandum of Understanding of the PCCC.