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Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy

Michael Oppenheimer, Naomi Oreskes, Dale Jamieson, Keynyn Brysse, Jessica O'Reilly, Matthew Shindell, and Milena Wazeck


Societies have long turned to experts for advice on controversial matters, but in the past, the arrangements to solicit expert advice were largely ad hoc. In recent years we have witnessed the development of an institutionalized system in which scientists offer knowledge in exchange for influence on the policy process, creating, in effect, a permanent assessment economy. We examine this process of expert assessment through detailed analyses of three groups of large, formal scientific assessments: the U.S. National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, international assessments of ozone deplet ... More

Keywords: acid precipitation, ozone depletion, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, assessment, expert judgment, knowledge production, objectivity, earth and environmental sciences, consensus, uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226601960
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226602158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Oppenheimer, author
Princeton University

Naomi Oreskes, author
Harvard University

Dale Jamieson, author
New York University