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Integrating knowledges for climate change: pyramids, nets and uncertainties.

Shackley, S. and Wynne, B. E. (1995) Integrating knowledges for climate change: pyramids, nets and uncertainties. Global Environmental Change, 5 (2). pp. 113-126.

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Abstract

This paper analyses two dominant ways of conceptualising the research agendas in the climate change sphere, the ‘knowledge pyramid’ and the ‘knowledge net’. Using the idea of a ‘certainty trough’ from sociology of science, and employing crop models as an example, it explores the sometimes terse relationship between climate modellers and the climate impacts community. The pressures to develop a more holisitic analysis are discussed, but we argue that much integrated assessment modelling still exhibits an implicit and acultural reductionism, and frequently misconstrues the character and significance of uncertainty as well as the role of analytical knowledge in policy making.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Global Environmental Change
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 22378
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2009 12:44
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 15:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22378

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