The Resource Environmental futures research : experiences, approaches, and opportunities, compiled by David N. Bengston ; authors: David N. Bengston [and ten others]

Environmental futures research : experiences, approaches, and opportunities, compiled by David N. Bengston ; authors: David N. Bengston [and ten others]

Label
Environmental futures research : experiences, approaches, and opportunities
Title
Environmental futures research
Title remainder
experiences, approaches, and opportunities
Statement of responsibility
compiled by David N. Bengston ; authors: David N. Bengston [and ten others]
Contributor
Editor
Issuing body
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
These papers, presented in a special session at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in June 2011, explore the transdisciplinary field of futures research and its application to long-range environmental analysis, planning, and policy. Futures research began in the post-World War II era and has emerged as a mature research field. Although the future of complex social-ecological systems cannot be predicted, these papers show how futures research can offer perspectives and methods that help researchers, decisionmakers, and other stakeholders explore alternative futures and gain environmental foresight--insight that can inform decisionmaking on environmental challenges. One author points out that the study of the future can be thought of as the study of change. He discusses three types of futures: the expected future, a range of plausible alternatives, and the preferred future, which decisionmakers can shape depending on their choice of action. An example of the methodology of futures research is provided in another chapter, which illustrates the use of scenario development. Another chapter identifies global trends that could dramatically change social-ecological systems. The second half of the collection applies the methods and approaches of futures research to natural resource management. A global and a regional scenario illustrate scenario planning, a methodology that produces sets of plausible futures that could develop from current conditions depending on alternative human choices and drivers of change. Another example demonstrates how analysts can incorporate global scenarios and modeling, and scoping of trends and issues, into forest inventory data to gain insight into the regional forests of tomorrow. A chapter on linking global scenarios with assessments of U.S. natural resources as required under the Resources Planning Act considers both opportunities and challenges. Lessons learned from an analysis of futures research conducted since the 1970s at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are also offered. These papers suggest that the perspectives and methods of futures research hold great potential for developing the foresight needed to meet environmental challenges of the 21st century
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Cataloging source
ORE
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Bengston, David N.
  • United States
  • International Symposium on Society and Resource Management
Series statement
General technical report
Series volume
NRS-P-107
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Environmental policy
  • Natural resources
  • Sustainability
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem health
  • Forests and forestry
  • Decision making
  • Forecasting
Target audience
general
Label
Environmental futures research : experiences, approaches, and opportunities, compiled by David N. Bengston ; authors: David N. Bengston [and ten others]
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo48336
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 27, 2013)
  • "November 2012."--P. [ii]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Futures research: a neglected dimension in environmental policy and planning / David N. Bengston -- An approach to the future / Peter C. Bishop -- A framework for developing foresight in natural resource management / Kay E. Strong -- Global mega forces: implications for the future of natural resources / George H. Kubik -- Scenarios and decisionmaking for complex environmental systems / Stephen R. Carpenter and Adena R. Rissman -- The Northern Forest Futures Project: a forward look at forest conditions in the northern United States / W. Keith Moser and Stephen R. Shifley -- Linking global scenarios to national assessments: experiences from the Resources Planning Act (RPA) assessment / Linda L. Langner and Peter J. Ince -- Environmental futures research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Robert L. Olson
Control code
20245271
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource ([ii], 79 pages.)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn832835300
Label
Environmental futures research : experiences, approaches, and opportunities, compiled by David N. Bengston ; authors: David N. Bengston [and ten others]
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo48336
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 27, 2013)
  • "November 2012."--P. [ii]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Futures research: a neglected dimension in environmental policy and planning / David N. Bengston -- An approach to the future / Peter C. Bishop -- A framework for developing foresight in natural resource management / Kay E. Strong -- Global mega forces: implications for the future of natural resources / George H. Kubik -- Scenarios and decisionmaking for complex environmental systems / Stephen R. Carpenter and Adena R. Rissman -- The Northern Forest Futures Project: a forward look at forest conditions in the northern United States / W. Keith Moser and Stephen R. Shifley -- Linking global scenarios to national assessments: experiences from the Resources Planning Act (RPA) assessment / Linda L. Langner and Peter J. Ince -- Environmental futures research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Robert L. Olson
Control code
20245271
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource ([ii], 79 pages.)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn832835300

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