Prediction in the Earth sciences and environmental policy making
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 80, Issue 28, pages 309–313, 13 July 1999
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1999), Prediction in the Earth sciences and environmental policy making, Eos Trans. AGU, 80(28), 309–313, doi:10.1029/99EO00225., , , and (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The Earth sciences, backed by formidable arrays of data gathering and processing technologies, today offer the apparently credible promise of predicting the future of nature. Policy makers, under pressure as always to deliver public benefit at low cost, have strong incentives to accept this promise as a central response to environmental issues.
As environmental problems become more pressing and budgets for research become tighter, the importance of effective prioritization and allocation of research funds and activities will increase, as will the need for timely and effective political decision making. Thus, there is increasing need to enhance the linkages between research in the predictive Earth sciences and the needs of environmental policy makers.