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   BECS - TOPICS

People-Environment Interactions

People and Climate Variation

People and Resource Decisions

People and Adaptation to Change

People, Risk, and Resilience

Research, Education, and Evaluation

People, Risk, and Resilience

Planning for high-impact, low-probability events requires that a society understand where it is vulnerable, and what the extent of the impact of such an event might be. There are many areas in the consideration of risk to which social science can contribute, and there are some areas that require further research. BECS seeks to summarize the former to inform societal transitions, as well as to help guide research into directions that will be most beneficial to society.

 

 

Current Projects

 

Risk Management and Governance in Shale Gas Development

 Two workshops will consider the full range of risks associated with hydrologic fracturing extraction technologies, and the governance mechanisms that might be used to minize those risks. Read more...

 

 


Related Reports

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis  (BECS)
2013

Climate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events--slowly at first, but then more quickly. It is prudent to... Read more


Facilitating Climate Change Responses:A Report of Two Workshops on Insights from the Social and Behavioral Sciences  (BECS)
2010

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, understanding the need for policy makers at the national level to entrain the behavioral and social sciences in addressing the challenges of global climate... Read more


Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change  (BECS)
2009

Climate change is one of the most important global environmental problems facing the world today. Policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but there... Read more


New Directions in Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation Assessment:Summary of a Workshop  (BECS)
2009

With effective climate change mitigation policies still under development, and with even the most aggressive proposals unable to halt climate change immediately, many decision makers are focusing... Read more


Evaluating Progress of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Methods and Preliminary Results  (BECS)
2007

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) coordinates the efforts of 13 federal agencies to understand why climate is changing, to improve predictions about how it will change in the future, and... Read more


Science for the Sustainability Transition  
2002

Sustainability is one of today s many pressing issues that the National Academies addresses via studies and other mechanisms. National Academies studies relevant to sustainability are numerous and... Read more


Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change:Research Pathways for the Next Decade  (BECS,PD)
1999

This publication is extracted from a much larger report, Global Environmental Change: Research Pathways for the Next Decade, which addresses the full range of the scientific issues concerning global... Read more


Understanding Risk:Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society  (BECS)
1996

Understanding Risk addresses a central dilemma of risk decisionmaking in a democracy: detailed scientific and technical information is essential for making decisions, but the people who make and live... Read more


Global Environmental Change:Understanding the Human Dimensions  (BECS)
1991

Global environmental change often seems to be the most carefully examined issue of our time. Yet understanding the human side--human causes of and responses to environmental change--has not yet... Read more


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