A perspective on the role of uncertainty in sustainability science and engineering
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The Trans-Atlantic Research and Development Interchange on Sustainability Workshop (TARDIS) is a meeting on scientific topics related to sustainability. The 2019 workshop theme was "On the Role of Uncertainty in Managing the Earth for Global Sustainability." This paper presents the perspectives on this topic derived from talks and discussions at the 2019 TARDIS workshop. There are four kinds of uncertainties encountered in sustainability ranging from clear enough futures to true surprises. The current state-of-the-art in assessing and mitigating these uncertainties is discussed.


Precautionary principle

Deep uncertainty


Time-dependent uncertainty


U. Diwekar

Vishwamitra Research Institute

A. Amekudzi-Kennedy

Georgia Institute of Technology

B. Bakshi

Ohio State University

R. Baumgartner

University of Graz

R. Boumans

AFORDable Futures LLC

P. Burger

University of Basel

H. Cabezas

University of Miskolc

M. Egler

University of Vermont

J. Farley

University of Vermont

B. Fath

Towson University

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

T. Gleason

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Y. Huang

Wayne State University

A. Karunanithi

University of Colorado at Denver

V. Khanna

University of Pittsburgh

A. Mangan

U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development

A. L. Mayer

Michigan Technological University

R. Mukherjee

University of Texas-Permian Basin

Vishwamitra Research Institute

G. Mullally

University College Cork

V. Rico-Ramirez

Tecnológico Nacional de México en Celaya

David R. Shonnard

Michigan Technological University

Magdalena Svanström

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

T. Theis

University of Illinois

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

0921-3449 (ISSN)

Vol. 164 105140

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Landscape Architecture

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