In Search of Integrated Assessment
Edward A. Parson
John F. Kennedy School of Government
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- Section 1: Introduction--provides an introduction to the field of integrated assessment, including how integrated assessment is defined.
- Section 2: Past Integrated Assessment Examples and Parallels--puts present endeavors in historical context by summarizing three major past integrated assessment projects, one of which is ongoing.
- Section 3: Design Issues in Integrated Assessment--summarizes and discusses some common issues and problems that integrated assessment studies of climate change face, including how components of climate change models are represented.
- Section 4: Selected Projects in Integrated Assessment of Climate Change--presents brief summaries of more than 20 integrated assessment models and projects, outlining their basic designs and the major decisions they have made and are facing.
- Section 5: Conclusions: In Search of Integrated Assessment--advances some preliminary views on the state of knowledge of how integrated assessments are organized and used, how they related to policy-making, and how the endeavor could advance.
- Bibliography--provides a complete list of all references used and links to those available online.
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