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Discerning experts : the practices of scientific assessment for environmental policy / Michael Oppenheimer, Naomi Oreskes, Dale Jamieson, Keynyn Brysse, Jessica O'Reilly, Matthew Shindell, and Milena Wazeck.

By: Oppenheimer, Michael [author.].
Contributor(s): Oreskes, Naomi [author.] | Jamieson, Dale [author.] | Brysse, Keynyn [author.] | O'Reilly, Jessica, 1978- [author.] | Shindell, Matthew [author.] | Wazeck, Milena [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2019.Description: xv, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780226601960; 022660196X; 9780226602011; 022660201X.Subject(s): NATIONAL ACID PRECIPITATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (U.S.) | ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES | ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH | ASSESSMENT | CASE STUDIES | ACID RAIN | OZONE LAYER | SEA LEVEL CHANGES | SEA LEVELS | ICE SHEETS | ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES | USA | ANTARCTICA | EXPERTISEHoldings: GRETA POINT: 502/504 OPP
Contents:
1. The need for expert judgment -- 2. Assessing acid rain in the United States: the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program -- 3. Assessing ozone depletion -- 4. Assessing the ice: sea level rise predictions for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, 1981-2007 -- 5. Patrolling the science/policy border -- 6. What assessments do -- Conclusion -- List of interviews -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: Discerning Experts assesses the assessments that many governments rely on to help guide environmental policy and action. Through their close look at environmental assessments involving acid rain, ozone depletion, and sea level rise, the authors explore how experts deliberate and decide on the scientific facts about problems like climate change. They also seek to understand how the scientists involved make the judgments they do, how the organization and management of assessment activities affects those judgments, and how expertise is identified and constructed. Discerning Experts uncovers factors that can generate systematic bias and error, and recommends how the process can be improved. As the first study of the internal workings of large environmental assessments, this book reveals their strengths and weaknesses, and explains what assessments can—and cannot—be expected to contribute to public policy and the common good. -- Publisher's website.
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502/504 OPP 1 Issued 07/06/2019 B019590

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. The need for expert judgment -- 2. Assessing acid rain in the United States: the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program -- 3. Assessing ozone depletion -- 4. Assessing the ice: sea level rise predictions for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, 1981-2007 -- 5. Patrolling the science/policy border -- 6. What assessments do -- Conclusion -- List of interviews -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

Discerning Experts assesses the assessments that many governments rely on to help guide environmental policy and action. Through their close look at environmental assessments involving acid rain, ozone depletion, and sea level rise, the authors explore how experts deliberate and decide on the scientific facts about problems like climate change. They also seek to understand how the scientists involved make the judgments they do, how the organization and management of assessment activities affects those judgments, and how expertise is identified and constructed.
Discerning Experts uncovers factors that can generate systematic bias and error, and recommends how the process can be improved. As the first study of the internal workings of large environmental assessments, this book reveals their strengths and weaknesses, and explains what assessments can—and cannot—be expected to contribute to public policy and the common good. -- Publisher's website.

GRETA POINT: 502/504 OPP

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