Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Role of IT in Integrated Assessment

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Integrated assessment is an approach to elucidating causes and effects by combining information from various scientific disciplines, resulting in powerful insights and policy recommendations.

Information technologies can play a critical role in effective integrated assessment:

Through and beyond these knowledge and information “transfer” functions, a reciprocal interactive use of ICT can promote a social “appropriation” of sustainability problems ( “Information and communication technology and the popular appropriation of sustainability problems,” Pereira and O’Connor (1999).

Here’s another one:

We introduce a new approach to provide expert knowledge for participatory integrated assessments of regional climate change: ’Interactive Citizen’s Information Tools’ (ICITs)… Experiences with IMPACTS showed that the combination of focus groups with ICITs is a feasible and promising approach for a participatory IA of regional climate change, in particular, and of complex environmental issues, in general. (Schlumpf et al (2004))


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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