notes - RWFM 4320, 5320 (1) Final Fall 2009 Name Leslie A...

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RWFM 4320, 5320 Final Fall 2009 Name Leslie A Hughes (1) Science plays a central role in the development of natural resource policy. There are many avenues for science to enter the policy process. Unfortunately, interpretation of existing science is at the center of many policy debates because of underlying uncertainty. Address the following questions on science and policy: (a) How should policy makers handle uncertainty in science? (b) Using 2-3 examples from the readings or your media reviews, detail how science can be used to address current natural resource issues or perceived flaws in existing laws or policies. (c) Describe the role of science and research in the development of policy. (d) Provide the structure of Adaptive Resource Management for use in natural resource decision making. Science plays a central role in the development of natural resource policy; science comes into play in many different ways with policy. But interpretation of science for the benefit of a position is a major problem in the policy world. Policy makers should handle uncertainty in science by considering the magnitude of the problem, solution, and the future impacts of the science and its uncertainty and properly weigh the risks. Uncertainty is always a part of science and should not be used as an excuse to not make rational policy decisions because it is unavoidable. Science is often used to address natural resource issues, like climate change. Science is used to provide evidence that the Earth’s climate is changing due to increased levels of CO 2 in the atmosphere. Science is also used to provide evidence for the growing “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, studies on the depletion of oxygen because of nitrogen and phosphorus infused fertilizer runoff, is used as evidence for natural resource policy decisions. Science and research play a vital role in the development of policy. Science and research is often times the backing and driving force behind most natural resource policy issues. Without the science or research the policy would not be an issue in the first place and would have no backing. People would not know that an issue is present if there are not numbers behind the issue to make it prevalent. Science plays a very large vital role in the development of policy. Adaptive Resource Management is often used in natural resource decision making when science or the issues change over time. The policy methods have to adapt to the new problem and become better suited for the issue. Risk assessments need to be used in the Adaptive Resource Management decision making process, the risks of certain actions need to be studied and assessed to help make informed decisions. (2) Natural resource policies are developed for a variety of reasons.
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2010 for the course NRM 4320 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas Tech.

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