Integrating climate forecasts and societal decision making

Challenges to an emergent boundary organization

Shardul Agrawala, Kenneth Broad, David Guston

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Abstract

The International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) was created in 1996 with an "end-to-end" mission to engage in climate research and modeling on a seasonalto-interannual time scale and to provide the results of this research in a useful way to farmers, fishermen, public health officials, and others capable of making the best of the predicted climate conditions. As a boundary organization, IRI straddles the divides between the production and use of research and between the developed world and the developing world. This article describes the institutional history of IRI, examining how the end-to-end mission evolved over time, how it is becoming institutionalized in IRI as a boundary organization, and the ongoing challenges it presents to managing the boundary between climate variability research and societal applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-477
Number of pages24
JournalScience Technology and Human Values
Volume26
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Integrating climate forecasts and societal decision making : Challenges to an emergent boundary organization. / Agrawala, Shardul; Broad, Kenneth; Guston, David.

In: Science Technology and Human Values, Vol. 26, No. 4, 09.2001, p. 454-477.

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