Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU)



Uncertainties about climate and nexus issues stimulate new thinking about water planning. Building resilience involves the capacity to look ahead, ask “what if” questions about the future, remain flexible in the face of uncertainty, and seek out policies that provide good outcomes no matter what the future climate brings in terms of water impacts. This chapter introduces the idea of wicked problems characterized by uncertainty, complexity, and controversy. Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) strategies are appropriate for managing wicked problems. The shift to DMUU in the water sector involves a paradigm change because it calls for new modeling strategies, a new role for science in water planning, public engagement, knowledge mobilization, and learning to live with uncertainty.


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  1. 1.School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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