Using twitter to understand public interest in climate change: The case of Qatar

Sofiane Abbar, Tahar Zanouda, Laure Berti-Equille, Javier Borge-Holthoefer

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Abstract

Climate change has received an extensive attention from public opinion in the last couple of years, after being considered for decades as an exclusive scientific debate. Governments and world-wide organizations such as the United Nations are working more than ever on raising and maintaining public awareness toward this global issue. In the present study, we examine and analyze Climate Change conversations in Qatar's Twittersphere, and sense public awareness towards this global and shared problem in general, and its various related topics in particular. Such topics include but are not limited to politics, economy, disasters, energy and sandstorms. To address this concern, we collect and analyze a large dataset of 109 million tweets posted by 98K distinct users living in Qatar - one of the largest emitters of co2 worldwide. We use a taxonomy of climate change topics created as part of the United Nations Pulse project to capture the climate change discourse in more than 36K tweets. We also examine which topics people refer to when they discuss climate change, and perform different analysis to understand the temporal dynamics of public interest toward these topics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWS-16-16
Subtitle of host publicationCitiLab; WS-16-17: Wiki; WS-16-18: News and Public Opinion; WS-16-19: Social Media in the Newroom; WS-16-20: Social Web for Envioronmental and Ecological Monitoring
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Pages168-177
Number of pages10
VolumeWS-16-16 - WS-16-20
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357681
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016 - Cologne, Germany
Duration: 17 May 201620 May 2016

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Other10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
CountryGermany
CityCologne
Period17/5/1620/5/16

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Abbar, S., Zanouda, T., Berti-Equille, L., & Borge-Holthoefer, J. (2016). Using twitter to understand public interest in climate change: The case of Qatar. In WS-16-16: CitiLab; WS-16-17: Wiki; WS-16-18: News and Public Opinion; WS-16-19: Social Media in the Newroom; WS-16-20: Social Web for Envioronmental and Ecological Monitoring (Vol. WS-16-16 - WS-16-20, pp. 168-177). AI Access Foundation.