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Abstract

Over recent years integrated assessment (IA) has been presented as a new and innovative approach to modern decision making. In this paper we explore some of the key features that we consider characterize IA; we present IA as a framework that allows a flexible approach to uncertainty in decision making and to which a broad palette of expertise can contribute. The example of the development of an international agreement to reduce acidic deposition is used to illustrate the current practical status of an IA. The scientific process leading to this agreement has previously been described as IA but we argue that, although it makes a change from traditional approaches, further progress is still required to satisfy the requirements for a successful and durable IA.

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Authors: GOUGH C, JRC Ispra (IT);CASTELLS N, JRC Ispra (IT);FUNTOWICZ S, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Environmental Modelling Assessment (1997)
Record Number: 199710237 / Last updated on: 1997-04-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en