Sustainability, Climate Change and Uncertainty

Bryan C. Pijanowski
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources,
Human-Environment Modeling and Analysis (HEMA) Laboratory and Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 USA

Abstract. I present what I view as three levels of uncertainty that is inherent in the sustainability, climate change and human well-being problem. I argue that new approaches are needed to address these uncertainties. These include the need to study more problems that link ecosystem services to human-well being, reduce the scientific community’s dependency on “getting it perfect” before knowledge is communicated to decision makers and the need to use tools and approaches from other disciplines to expand our “imagination” about future pathways and endpoints.

Keywords: uncertainty, ecosystem services, sustainability, climate change and resilience

In: Wan, Y. et al. (eds) Proceeding of the 8th international symposium on spatial accuracy assessment in natural resources and environmental sciences, World Academic Union (Press).

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