Modeling and Assessment for Policy

An xkcd comic showing a physicist condescendingly "solving" a complicated problem of another scientist.

Scientific information and quantitative models can be used to inform policy decision-making (or you could just ask a physicist). Courtesy of Randall Munroe. License: CC-BY-NC.

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

ESD.864 / 12.844J

As Taught In

Spring 2013

Level

Graduate

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Course Features

Course Description

ESD.864 Modeling and Assessment for Policy explores how scientific information and quantitative models can be used to inform policy decision-making. Students will develop an understanding of quantitative modeling techniques and their role in the policy process through case studies and interactive activities. The course addresses issues such as analysis of scientific assessment processes, uses of integrated assessment models, public perception of quantitative information, methods for dealing with uncertainties, and design choices in building policy-relevant models. Examples used in this class focus on models and information used in earth system governance.

Selin, Noelle. ESD.864 Modeling and Assessment for Policy, Spring 2013. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/engineering-systems-division/esd-864-modeling-and-assessment-for-policy-spring-2013 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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