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Embracing uncertainty in science: What do we need to know to make decisions, and do we know it?

Embracing uncertainty in science: What do we need to know to make decisions, and do we know it?

Embracing uncertainty in science: What do we need to know to make decisions, and do we know it?

June 28th, 2013

A new guide from the charity Sense about Science has been launched today at the World Conference of Science Journalists. The guide, on Making sense of uncertainty: why uncertainty is part of science (http://www.senseaboutscience.org/resources.php/127/making-sense-of-uncertainty), challenges the notion that uncertainty is a bad thing, presenting it instead as a mark of sound science. The guide aims to dispel the misconceptions in the media, policy and public spheres about scientific uncertainty in, for example, climate science, disease modelling, epidemiology, weather forecasting and the prediction of natural hazards.

The guide contains contributions from numerous EQUIP scientists, including Andy Challinor, principle investigator for EQUIP, who comments on the importance of starting with the problem in order to select which uncertainties are relevant for a particular decision.

Read the press report here: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/news.php/331/making-sense-of-uncertainty-guide-is-launched
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