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Project Title:

Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support
PIN: HDGC-I-05-02-A        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
RSO: Stern, Paul

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
A study panel working under the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change would elaborate a framework for organizing and evaluating decision support activities for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, with special attention to sectors and issues of concern to the sponsors. The panel would examine the objectives of decision support evident in the CCSP Strategic Plan and in the activities of key CCSP agencies. It would consider the range of relevant decisions, decision makers, decision contexts, and spatial and temporal frames. It would consider the strategies and activities now being used for organizing decision support efforts to meet such objectives, as well as other plausible strategies and applicable tools. As input to the panel's deliberations, it would develop some illustrative case examples in sectors and issues of interest to the sponsors, such as local and regional management of drinking water supplies, waste water management, or coastal resource management. It would consider the fact that in some sectors, the desired outcomes of decision support activities may not be clear in advance. The panel would consider such decision support objectives as:

-- Identifying decision makers' important information needs that could be met by scientific efforts of the CCSP
-- Making scientific information about change in climate and related environmental systems more understandable to decision makers
-- Making relevant scientific information more accessible to decision makers
-- Inducing decision makers in potentially affected sectors to use relevant scientific information, including information about scientific uncertainties
-- Improving communication between producers and users of scientific information to close gaps between available and desired information
-- Setting research priorities to increase the anticipated societal benefit of research results
-- Implementing research programs so the outputs more effectively meet decision makers' information needs, better inform their decisions, and promote societal values
-- Improving adaptive management in target sectors (that is, promoting decisions that are more successful at exploiting opportunities and minimizing risks associated with changes in climate and related environmental systems)

The panel would consider these objectives and means to achieve them in light of decisions likely to be made over the coming years and decades in climate-sensitive sectors of interest to the sponsors and in light of scientific information that might lead to better-informed decisions and better societal outcomes in those sectors.

This project is funded by EPA and NOAA.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 09/27/2007
 Meeting 2 - 01/07/2008
 Meeting 3 - 03/04/2008
 Meeting 4 - 05/12/2008
 Meeting 5 - 09/18/2008


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