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  Information - NH9.08 Societal Decisions and Economic Aspects for Reducing Natural Hazards Risk

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The session discusses the role, influence, and value of scientific information in societal (collective) choices, decisions, and outcomes. Scientific information and the potential actions taken by decision makers are expected to improve policy and management outcomes for society. However, analysis of community vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards and risks depend on more than just the natural science input for policy implementation. Decisions depend, in large part, on human preferences and behavior. Reducing societal risks depends on many economic, psychological, and social factors that are not part of a site-specific natural science or engineering investigation.

We can assume that societal decisions involve uncertain human behavior and depend on less than perfect statistical measurement of the natural or man-made hazard. Regardless of how informative scientific information is for application, human preference and judgment varies widely among decision makers. Decisions concerned with setting policies and codifying regulations are affected by the statistical content and accuracy of the scientific information. Further, because the sources of scientific uncertainty pertain to long hazard recurrence intervals and widely varying regional settings, significant variation of risks will occur among otherwise comparable communities. While systematic application of scientific information is a critical input to policy and regulatory decisions, communication of the information and uncertainty affects its utility. We invite presentations about the use and value of scientific information for decision making under uncertainty.

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