Coping with uncertainty: A call for a new science-policy forum

Ann Kinzig, David Starrett, Kenneth Arrow, Sara Aniyar, Bert Bolin, Partha Dasgupta, Paul Ehrlich, Carl Folke, William Hanemann, Geoff Heal, Michael Hoel, AnnMari Jansson, Bengt Owe Jansson, Nils Kautsky, Simon Levin, Jane Lubchenco, Karl Göran Mäler, Stephen W. Pacala, Stephen H. Schneider, Domenic SiniscalcoBrian Walker

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Abstract

The scientific and policy worlds have different goals, which can lead to different standards for what constitutes "proof" of a change or phenomena, and different approaches for characterizing and conveying uncertainty and risk. These differences can compromise effective communication among scientists, policymakers, and the public, and constrain the types of socially compelling questions scientists are willing to address. In this paper, we review a set of approaches for dealing with uncertainty, and illustrate some of the errors that arise when science and policy fail to coordinate correctly. We offer a set of recommendations, including restructuring of science curricula and establishment of science-policy forums populated by leaders in both arenas, and specifically constituted to address problems of uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-335
Number of pages6
JournalAmbio
Volume32
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2003

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Kinzig, A., Starrett, D., Arrow, K., Aniyar, S., Bolin, B., Dasgupta, P., ... Walker, B. (2003). Coping with uncertainty: A call for a new science-policy forum. Ambio, 32(5), 330-335.

Coping with uncertainty : A call for a new science-policy forum. / Kinzig, Ann; Starrett, David; Arrow, Kenneth; Aniyar, Sara; Bolin, Bert; Dasgupta, Partha; Ehrlich, Paul; Folke, Carl; Hanemann, William; Heal, Geoff; Hoel, Michael; Jansson, AnnMari; Jansson, Bengt Owe; Kautsky, Nils; Levin, Simon; Lubchenco, Jane; Mäler, Karl Göran; Pacala, Stephen W.; Schneider, Stephen H.; Siniscalco, Domenic; Walker, Brian.

In: Ambio, Vol. 32, No. 5, 08.2003, p. 330-335.

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Kinzig, A, Starrett, D, Arrow, K, Aniyar, S, Bolin, B, Dasgupta, P, Ehrlich, P, Folke, C, Hanemann, W, Heal, G, Hoel, M, Jansson, A, Jansson, BO, Kautsky, N, Levin, S, Lubchenco, J, Mäler, KG, Pacala, SW, Schneider, SH, Siniscalco, D & Walker, B 2003, 'Coping with uncertainty: A call for a new science-policy forum', Ambio, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 330-335.
Kinzig A, Starrett D, Arrow K, Aniyar S, Bolin B, Dasgupta P et al. Coping with uncertainty: A call for a new science-policy forum. Ambio. 2003 Aug;32(5):330-335.
Kinzig, Ann ; Starrett, David ; Arrow, Kenneth ; Aniyar, Sara ; Bolin, Bert ; Dasgupta, Partha ; Ehrlich, Paul ; Folke, Carl ; Hanemann, William ; Heal, Geoff ; Hoel, Michael ; Jansson, AnnMari ; Jansson, Bengt Owe ; Kautsky, Nils ; Levin, Simon ; Lubchenco, Jane ; Mäler, Karl Göran ; Pacala, Stephen W. ; Schneider, Stephen H. ; Siniscalco, Domenic ; Walker, Brian. / Coping with uncertainty : A call for a new science-policy forum. In: Ambio. 2003 ; Vol. 32, No. 5. pp. 330-335.
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