Title DUST -- Development of a Decision Uncertainty Screening Tool
Type Research Project
Abstract One of the key goals of the Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program is to ensure that scientific information effectively connects with the needs of decision-makers. Specifically, as part of the WCIAS' integrative activities, we aim to shift the focus to the decision-maker, the decision-making process, and the relevance of climate information, and specifically the relevance of obtaining information about uncertainty in climate research. The objective is the development of a systematic approach to determining where and when uncertainty matters. DUST (Decision uncertainty Screening Tool) is a stepwise procedure that helps scientists and decision-makers identify those instances where (uncertain) science can most effectively support decision-making.
Participants Susanne Moser
Start Date May 2004
Keywords uncertainty
use of information
Research Themes Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes
Assessment Methods, Products and Tools


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)