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Unformatted text preview: 9/22/2005 ESM 203 - Introduction 1 1 ESM 203: The End of Earth System Science for Environmental Management Jeff Dozier & Tom Dunne Fall 2007 2 The Object of the Course s The course is dedicated to the proposition that there is value to the environmental manager and the citizen in understanding that you live on a planet. s Its planetary functions will affect the way you live and the way you will do business throughout your professional career. You can be blind- sided by this fact, or be on top of it. s In this course, we want you to practice thinking about managing environmental problems using this insight. 3 Realization that we work on a planet s This emerging (post-1970) realization confronts us with two sets of issues s How do these global-scale processes affect us? s Do/can we do anything to adjust to the consequences and/or mitigate our impact? s But we don’t know what our needs or options are until we understand the nature of the systems that we are impacting and adjusting to . s Hence, “Earth System Science for Environmental Management” 4 Scales at which problems arise s The consequences of planetary behavior and opportunities for managing/adjusting to them exist at a range of temporal and spatial scales – city, state, region, nation, international. s Natural and social resources (“capital”) at these various scales lie within the responsibilities, knowledge, and interests of different spets within our societies [politicians, lawyers, engineers, hydrologists, accountants, etc.] s Their different responsibilities, training, social backgrounds, etc. make consensus about existence of problems, significance of processes and controlling factors, and timeliness of actions hard to develop s This is where Bren graduates come in s recognition and articulation of the processes that lead to problems s analysis of controls on the processes s And thus options for crafting and promoting solutions 9/22/2005 ESM 203 - Introduction 2 5 Problem Problem Problem Problem Processes (‘Natural’ & social) Options Solutions Controls 6 Create new technical knowledge, incl. inventions, technologies, understanding of complex natural and social systems, long-term perspectives and linkages Participation in decision-making using policy-relevant science The American People and Foreign Policy (1950) and F. Ayala, Amer. Scientist (2004) Policy advisors Scientists, engineers, technicians: the technical expertise of the body politic. Create and transmit technical understanding Scientifically literate labor force in the productive sector of the economy General public Not trained specifically for technical activities. Practical politics and democratic rights require that they understand the issues sufficiently to appreciate and support the activities above....
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- L. S. Schulman, J. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, J. American Academy