SENSE Research Cluster XIV: Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change
Global challenges ask for sophisticated solutions from global, to regional, to local scales. Therefore, it is necessary to have high quality decision making for e.g. integrated pollution and/or ecosystem management, water management, land use planning, and sustainable development. It is advisable to involve stakeholders in policy preparation. Building on the concept of integrated assessment, participants in this cluster explore possibilities and pitfalls of integrated policies. They perform and critically assess integrated assessments for a variety of case studies. Also, they are actively involved in further developing integrated methods and tools.
This research field is fully embedded in societal developments. Participants in this cluster develop methods like integrated modeling, scenario and uncertainty analysis, decision support systems, integrated monitoring and participatory methods. These methods combine a high scientific complexity with a high societal relevance. Participants in this SENSE Research Cluster strive for scientific excellence, combined with clear societal communication.
Featuring subjects, mechanisms and methods that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:
the measurement of sustainable development in a integrated, holistic way
the synergy of adaptation to climate change and sustainable development
the optimal role of stakeholder participation in sustainability plans
support systems for decision makers to take uncertainty and risks in to account
scenario analysis for exploring possible environmental futures
integrated modeling of environment-society systems
We welcome experts in the field of integrated assessment of global environmental change to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enroll and participate in this research cluster).
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