(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Prospects for the open treatment of uncertainty in environmental research

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BROWN J.D. (1) ;
(1) NOAA/National Weather Service and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, ETATS-UNIS


This paper argues for more open treatments of uncertainty in environmental research. Such openness requires an appreciation of the social and psychological causes of uncertainty, the role of observations as imperfect and contingent expressions of visible events, and the myriad ways in which scientific information can be misinterpreted, misused, or sidelined in environmental decision-making. The paper begins with a discussion of the nature and causes of uncertainty in environmental research. A review of current treatments of uncertainty is followed by an analysis of the source-based approach to assessing uncertainty. Prospects for the open treatment of uncertainty are then discussed in terms of circumventing the three ‘myths of uncertainty’ that characterize recent work in environmental research


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 34, no1 [pp. 75-100]

Bibliographic references : 5,5 p.

Collation : 2 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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