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Ann Bostrom
PB AF 597
Seattle Campus

Role of Scientific Information in Environmental Decisions

Examines how science contributes to decisions that involve the natural environment; how science and scientists help frame debates and decisions; how scientific findings are incorporated into decision-making processes; how scientists and non-scientists deal with uncertainty about scientific questions.

Class description

how science contributes to decisions that involve the natural environment; how science and scientists help frame debates and decisions; how scientific findings are incorporated into decision-making processes; and how scientists and non-scientists deal with uncertainty about scientific questions.

Student learning goals

Develop a critical understanding of the role of science in environmental decisions, as well as the limits of analysis.

Know how to apply basic decision analysis to environmental decisions, including identifying issues of scale and scope, and addressing tradeoffs, risk and uncertainties

Build and solve decision trees manually and with TreePlan, and to describe uncertainty and variability probabilistically, based on empirical measurement, models, and expert judgment.

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 06/30/2008