The BNHCRC funded project on “Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning” recently published a substantial report. The report by Josh Wodak of the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, NSW, constitutes one of the first stages of the project.
The Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning (RMPP) Project aims to investigate the diversity and uncertainty of bushfire and flood science, and its contribution to risk mitigation policy and planning. It focuses on how scenario exercises – in particular from the environmental sciences – can be used for a better understanding of decision-making dynamics in risk mitigation. Looking into both expert predictive scenarios, and participatory models with community involvement, a variety of models and applications ware discussed and evaluated. Approximately 250 scenario exercises are reviewed, from a wide range of diverse sources ranging from academic articles, government and NGO reports, industry guidelines and grey literature.
In parallel, other project participants continue their onsite research, completing interviews with decision-makers and practitioners engaged in bushfire risk mitigation in target regions identified for case studies on bushfire and flooding incidents.
Download the report: Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning Scenario Exercise Lit Review. (2014).