To get a better understanding of the lead authors' own perceptions of the ACIA scientific report and its significance, semi-structured interviews were carried out with most of the lead authors (see Chapter 3 of this dissertation for method details). The interviews complement the content analysis of the documents by giving the lead authors an opportunity to highlight the major knowledge bases in their chapters and the scientific insights gained through the assessment process. In addition, some interview questions focused on connecting these issues to the structure of the ACIA process and to the issue of spatial scale. When relevant, the lead authors also compared their experiences with the ACIA to other scientific assessment processes, including the IPCC. The interview guide is available in Appendix III.
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