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(Minisymposium) How science can support decision making under uncertainty?

20 June, 2013

Universiteit Twente, Universiteit Utrecht en Deltares nodigen u graag uit voor het minisymposium ‘Adaptive Delta Management: How science can support decision making under uncentainty’ op donderdag 20 juni. Het minisymposium, onder voorzitterschap van prof. Cees Veerman, gaat vooraf aan de promotie van Marjolijn Haasnoot.

The future is uncertain. Still, we have to make decisions, e.g. on how we want to develop
and protect our living environment under these uncertain futures. Notably for deltaic areas,
investment decisions are not straightforward. Many delta’s are densely populated, have large
economical value and are key areas for biodiversity. Moreover, their management has to cope
uncertain climate change and socio-economic developments. Traditionally, scientists focus
their research on providing climate services that aim to reduce uncertainty about the future
through (climate) monitoring and modelling. However, this alone is insufficient for decision
makers. In dealing with uncertainties, the act of anticipating by means of decision services is
at least as important. Decision services start from the assumption that the future is inherently
unpredictable, accept uncertainties and act from there. A novel decision service approach is
the exploration of adaptation pathways that supports decision making on short term actions
while keeping options open to adapt. This mini symposium will highlight some of these
scientific developments and discusses their usefulness.

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PhD thesis defence by Marjolijn Haasnoot

Here Marjolijn (on the right) together with Astrid Offermans (on the left). Marjolijn’s PhD is about ‘Anticipating Change. Sustainable water policy pathways for an uncertain future.’ And Astrid studied ‘The Perspectives Method; towards socially robust river management.
Marjolijn en Astrid

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20 June, 2013


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