Climatic Change

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Making a difference on the ground: the challenge of demonstrating the effectiveness of decision support

  • Susanne MoserEmail author
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Decision support has become a popular concept, especially in the context of climate change. Government agencies and researchers increasingly recognize that they should provide it, and resource managers and policy-makers increasingly need and demand it. This demand will only grow as climate change progresses. Those who will attempt to meet this growing demand will need to demonstrate “effectiveness”. This editorial raises a number of critical questions that need to be answered in the course of evaluating whether decision support is effective. The answers, if carefully considered early on, may help to design processes that may in fact produce more useable products, facilitate their use, and ultimately create intended and desirable outcomes.


Decision Support Public Participation Provide Decision Support Future Research Agenda Decision Support Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Susanne Moser Research and ConsultingSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.University of California-Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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