Uncertainty and Quality in Science for Policy / Edition 1

Uncertainty and Quality in Science for Policy / Edition 1

by S.O. Funtowicz, J.R. Ravetz, J. R. Ravetz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0792307992

ISBN-13: 9780792307990

Pub. Date: 10/31/1990

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

This book explains the notational system NUSAP (Numeral, Unit, Spread, Assessment, Pedigree) and applies it to several examples from the environmental sciences. The authors are now making further extensions of NUSAP, including an algorithm for the propagation of quality-grades through models used in risk and safety studies. They are also developing the concept of

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This book explains the notational system NUSAP (Numeral, Unit, Spread, Assessment, Pedigree) and applies it to several examples from the environmental sciences. The authors are now making further extensions of NUSAP, including an algorithm for the propagation of quality-grades through models used in risk and safety studies. They are also developing the concept of 'Post-normal Science', in which quality assurance of information requires the participation of 'extended peer-communities' lying outside the traditional expertise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792307990
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
10/31/1990
Series:
Theory and Decision Library A: Series, #15
Edition description:
1990
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue.
Introduction: Some Illustrative Examples.
1. Science for Policy: Uncertainty and Quality.
2. Uncertainty and its Management.
3. The Mathematical Language.
4. Craft Skills with Numbers.
5. Measurement.
6. Maps.
7. Mathematical Notations: Functions and Design.
8. The NUSAP Notational Scheme: Introduction.
9. The NUSAP Categories: Numeral, Unit and Spread.
10. The NUSAP Categories: Assessment and Pedigree.
11. The Pedigree for Statistical Information.
12. Mapping the Uncertainties of Radiological Hazards.
13. Further Applications of NUSAP.
Epilogue.
References.
Index.

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