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Thematic Guide to Integrated Assessment Modeling




It is necessary to not only document assumptions and make them explicit; it is equally important to examine their implications for model results, and the implications of alternative sets of model assumptions. While this imposes a significant burden on the analyst, in the absence of such an effort it is hard to interpret the results meaningfully. It is also important not to make assumptions when we don't have to. We need to identify when and where we are making assumptions out of analytical convenience or ignorance of alternatives, and develop the contacts with other disciplines that expose us to better tools or work that eliminates needless assumptions.






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.


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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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