Title Ethics of Generation and Use of Weather and Short-term Climate Forecasts
Type Research Project
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Abstract This project is systematically analyzing weather and short-term climate forecast generation and use from an ethical perspective, using methods and criteria drawn from modern applied ethics. By applying the method of iterative, reflective specification (developed by John Rawls) to the case of the 1997 Red River flood, we are examining how three analytic criteria from the Georgetown School of Medical and Business Ethics (beneficence, justice, and autonomy) can be interpreted in the arena of weather and climate forecasting. A manuscript based on the results is currently in preparation.
Participants Eugene Wahl (Alfred Univ.)
Rebecca Morss
Start Date 2004
Research Themes


"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)