Sources and implications of uncertainty for coastal managers

JW Hall, JP Davis

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This study included semi-structured interviews with eight practitioners who have key roles in UK coastal management. Data from the interviews were analysed using 'grounded theory', which established that sources of uncertainty in decision making are diverse but can be categorised as being modelling issues, values issues, communication and 'externalities'. At present, intuitive and implicit methods of taking uncertainty into account in decision making are much more prevalent than explicit methods. By identifying sources and implications of uncertainty, coastal managers will be in a stronger position to promote resilient systems that can cope with changing natural and social conditions.
Translated title of the contributionSources and implications of uncertainty for coastal managers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103 - 108
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Volume15 (2)
Publication statusPublished - May 2001

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Publisher: Blackwell


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