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Thematic Guide to Integrated Assessment Modeling



Lack of metrics or standards

It is sometimes argued that interdisciplinary research does not need to measure up to the same standards of quality as in individual disciplines. However, a consequence of this is that interdisciplinary research often does not measure up to the standards of any discipline and it thus falls through disciplinary cracks. This is perhaps nowhere as true as in the case of integrated assessment. A good case in point is the potential for over and inappropriate use of disciplinary tools in integrated assessment, without regard for their limitations or applicability as discussed in section 4. Ideological and disciplinary backgrounds can often drive the selection of tools, rather than considerations of applicability.

As Rotmans (personal communication) points out, there is no underlying theory of IA. In the absence of theory and lacking clear standards, the community will have to develop a connoisseurship of IA studies over time. We need to be able to discern good IA studies when we see them, and try to identify the features that make them good.







Parson, E.A. and K. Fisher-Vanden, Searching for Integrated Assessment: A Preliminary Investigation of Methods, Models, and Projects in the Integrated Assessment of Global Climatic Change. Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). University Center, Mich. 1995.


Suggested Citation

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). 1995. Thematic Guide to Integrated Assessment Modeling of Climate Change [online]. Palisades, NY: CIESIN. Available at [accessed DATE].



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