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Communicating scientific uncertainty in EIA

P. Davis

Communicating scientific uncertainty in EIA

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by P. Davis

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Published by Oxford Brookes University in Oxford .
Written in English


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Thesis (M.Sc.) - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 1998.

ContributionsOxford Brookes University. School of Planning., Oxford Brookes University. School of Biological and Molecular Sciences.
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What is uncertainty ‘A partial or total lack of understanding or knowledge of an event, its consequence, or its likelihood’ (IESC January ) ‘The state, even partial, of deficiency of information related to understanding or knowledge of an event, its.   Cabot Institute colleagues have collaborated with the Climate Outreach and Information Network to produce a handbook that addresses the role of scientific uncertainty in climate science. Uncertainty has become an argument for discrediting climate science and for delaying policy responses – but if communicated effectively, it can be a stimulus.

  Uncertainty analysis is the process of identifying limitations in scientific knowledge and evaluating their implications for scientific conclusions. It is therefore relevant in all EFSA’s scientific assessments and also necessary, to ensure that the assessment conclusions provide reliable information for decisionmaking. Scientific uncertainty is a quantitative measurement of variability in the data. In other words, uncertainty in science refers to the idea that all data have a range of expected values as .

  by: Adam Pinchefsky The goal of Environmental Impact assessment (EIA) is to assess the socio-economical / bio-physical impacts of proposed projects and offer ways to mitigate those impacts. One issue that many people have with EIA is the inherent uncertainty in almost every fabric of the process. EIA practitioners must make predictions based on the. researchers should try to answer when communicating about uncertainty (e.g. in written reports and presentations). It is not intended as a protocol; every situation is unique and demands its own approach. Thus, the Guide for Uncertainty Communication is intended to support the researcher/communicator in making well-considered choices.


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Communicating scientific uncertainty in EIA by P. Davis Download PDF EPUB FB2

In particular, Communicating Uncertainty examines how well the mass media convey to the public the complexities, ambiguities, and controversies that are part of scientific uncertainty.

In addition to its new approach to scientific uncertainty and mass media interactions, this book distinguishes itself in the quality of work it assembles by some Format: Paperback.

How to Communicate Scientific Uncertainty Summary Scientific uncertainty is a component of many envi-ronmental and public health issues, such as climate change or the use of biotechnology. While some uncertainty is inevitable, the ways in which various professions communicate uncertainty also.

April, Washington, DC. With a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Paleoclimate Program, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) organized and convened a multidisciplinary workshop entitled Scientific Uncertainty and Professional Ethics in Science, Law, and fifty participants working in these fields explored how they communicate scientific uncertainty on.

by Judith Curry Last month I attended a Workshop on The Ethics of Communicating Scientific Uncertainty: Understanding How Communicating scientific uncertainty in EIA book, Environmental Lawyers, and Journalists Treat Uncertainty.

The Workshop was organized by the Environmental Law Institute, their website for the Workshop is [here]. On the site is a webinar How Professional Standards Shape Scientists', Lawyers'. As a result, communicating scientific uncertainty requires both simplifying and complicating normal scientific discourse.

On the one hand, the uncertainties that it addresses must be reduced to their decision-relevant elements.

On the other hand, the uncertainties that scientists fail to mention must be by: Communicating scientific uncertainty Baruch Fischhoffa,b,1 and Alex L. Davisa Departments of aEngineering and Public Policy and bSocial and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Edited by Dietram A.

Scheufele, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI, and accepted by the Editorial Board Febru (received for review. Abstract. Uncertainty is supposed to be the most underrated element of science communication.

While being a crucial part of scientific research, uncertainty is perceived by the recipients of science communication as unwanted and prone to create mistakes and malfunction in everyday by: 2.

Our research in and early led to a decision by EFSA's Scientific Committee - our leading scientific expert group - to develop a separate guidance document on communicating uncertainty in. Part I. Background information on communicating uncertainty 5 1.

Reporting uncertainty in a gradual and custom-made form 6 2. The reader’s perspective 7 Access to report/document 8 Chapters/sections/sentences paid attention to 8 Processing of uncertainty information Communicating scientific uncertainty about public health threats is ethically desirable but challenging due to its tendency to promote avoidance of choice options with unknown probabilities—a.

“The scientific consensus that is the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is 95% certain that human activity is the main cause of current global warming – that goes up to 97% of scientists actively publishing about climate. Treating uncertainty in a structured manner can produce better and more useful science.

Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon University, explained that better science results from disciplined reflection on the uncertainties inherent in evidence, and useful science is the result of taking the needs of the decision maker into account. Crafting messages to communicate the outcomes of science, and.

Communicating uncertainty and change: Guidance for official statistics producers Introduction Uncertainty is completely normal in statistics, but for many of the users of official statistics, the word “uncertainty” also means “unreliable”.

As a result, there is understandable concernFile Size: KB. and weaknesses, and each may best communicate a different type of uncertainty to a different user group. Products can be tailored to specific user needs, but when communicating with a diverse audience such as the public, one product is unlikely to meet all users’ needs or to be readily understandable to all subgroups ().When such a broad audience is anticipated, a mix of products will likely.

Communicating uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges journalists face, said Laura Helmuth, national editor of health, science, and environment at The Washington Post, who moderated the session at the colloquium on uncertainty in science communication. Uncertainty is hard to explain and understand.

Uncertainty refers to epistemic situations involving imperfect or unknown applies to predictions of future events, to physical measurements that are already made, or to the unknown.

Uncertainty arises in partially observable and/or stochastic environments, as well as due to ignorance, indolence, or both. It arises in any number of fields, including insurance, philosophy, physics.

Because managers need to be aware that scientific results are based on probabilities rather than definitives, this book takes a case-study approach to the subject, with contributions from leading names in the field evaluating the implications of scientific : John Lemons.

Uncertainty is part of science but it's no excuse for indecision. Chandrika Nath shows how to communicate uncertainty to policymakers. As a scientist, you know uncertainty is intrinsic to science. Not all questions can be answered with per cent certainty and even widely accepted theories can be challenged by new evidence.

In a particular case, the first step in deciding whether to communicate research findings to the public is appreciating how the uncertainties have been constructed. Only then can we go on to ask the ethical questions about communicating research in an illuminating by: 1. Introduction.

Climate change is affecting, and will continue to effect, biological and human systems in numerous and complex ific knowledge about climate change, and indeed the climate in general, creates the opportunity for decision-makers to make choices that will improve social welfare now and in thegovernments can decide to mitigate the effects of climate Cited by:.

Communicating Uncertainty. Uncertainty is a recurring theme in data work. It’s familiar in a way, because we have all been unsure. But I don’t think most people have a .In the spring of the research community Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change received funding from PIIRS.

The three-year interdisciplinary community was led in its first two years by Robert O. Keohane, professor of international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of. The increasing complexity of policy issues, as well as the centering of environmental issues in the policy arena, has led to an increased dependence on science in public policy.

This has, in turn, led to increased attention to, among other things, the science-policy relationship and the way in which scientific uncertainty is treated in the public by: