Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

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

National Academy of Sciences Report Emphasizes Role of Information Systems in Addressing Climate Change

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New book by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences underscores the importance of information and information systems in addressing climate change.

From the section “Effective Information and Decision Support Systems” (pgs. 94-95):

Research is needed to design and apply decision tools, data analysis platforms, and other products that convey user-relevant information in ways that enhance users’ understanding and decision quality…

Efforts to provide decision support for various decisions and decision makers are already under way in many cities, counties, and regions. These efforts can be treated as a massive national experiment that can, if data are carefully collected, be analyzed to learn which strategies are attractive, which ones work, why they work, and under what conditions. Research on these experiments can build knowledge about how information of various kinds, delivered in various forms, is used in real world settings; how knowledge transfers across communities and sectors; and many other aspects of decision support processes.


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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