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Uncertainty and Environmental Decision Making

A Handbook of Research and Best Practice

Filar, Jerzy A., Haurie, Alain (Eds.)

2010

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  • Presents the state-of-the-art in a critically important area – Environmental Decision Making
  • Gathers the work of leading researchers in applying OR/MS techniques to EDM
  • Filar and Haurie are leaders in the field; Filar is Editor-in-Chief of Springer journal Environmental Modeling and Assessment

Uncertainty and Environmental Decision Making: A Handbook of Research and Best Practice presents the state of the art in applying operations research and management science (OR/MS) techniques to a broad range of environmental decision making (EDM) challenges. Drawing on leading researchers in the field, it provides a guided tour of selected methods and tools to help deal with issues as climate change, depleting biodiversity and biocapacity, and more general atmospheric, water and soil pollution problems. Individual peer-reviewed chapters look at applying stochastic reasoning on difficult issues arising in EDM under uncertainty; applying stochastic or robust programming methods to techno-economic modeling of energy/environment interactions; important consequences of uncertainty inherent in weather patterns, the El Nino phenomenon and anticipated climate change; exploiting tools of decision analysis, utility theory and optimal control theory to account for differences in time scales between human development processes and the natural processes of the biosphere; and methods that combine statistical and decision analyses that can support a variety of environmental management problems.

This important new work will be of special interest to a wide range of researchers, students, and practitioners in environmental economics, OR/MS, environmental and earth sciences, climatologists, and risk assessment.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Climate Change - Environmental Management - Environmental economics - Greenhouse Gas - Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Operations Research - biodiversity - development - linear optimization

Related subjects » Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Environmental Management - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis - Operations Research & Decision Theory - Regional / Spatial Science

Table of contents 

OR/MS and Environmental Decision Making under Uncertainty.- Modeling Uncertainty in a Large scale integrated Energy-Climate Model.- Robust Optimization for Environmental and Energy Planning.- Coping with Climate Risks in Indonesian Rice Agriculture: A Policy Perspective.- A Primer on Weather Derivatives.- Optimal Control Models and Elicitation of Attitudes towards Climate Damages.- A Stochastic Control/Game Approach to the Optimal Timing of Climate Policies.- Precautionary Effect and Variations of the Value of Information.- Comparative Forecasting and a Test for Persistence in the El Niño Southern Oscillation.- Generation of Synthetic Sequences of Electricity Demand with Applications.- Models for Improving Management of Biosolids Odors.

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