ESD.864 / ESD.936 Systems Modeling and Assessment for Policy, Spring 2010
Systems Modeling and Assessment for Policy
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This course explores how scientific information can be used to inform policy decision-making processes through the use of quantitative modeling techniques. It incorporates both hands-on analysis and practice using models as well as evaluation of the use and effectiveness of models in decision-making. The course assesses the full spectrum of model complexity from simple box model calculations to complex, global systems models. Issues addressed include scientific assessment processes; integrated assessment modeling; model frameworks; and scenarios. Examples focus on models and information used for earth system governance, with selected examples from other areas of application.
scientific assessment process, integrated assessment modeling, model frameworks, systems modeling, policy-analysis techniques, climate change