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ISSN (printed): 1389-5176. ISSN (electronic): 1573-1545.
Integrated Assessment is the practice of combining different strands of knowledge to accurately represent and analyze real world problems of interest to decision-makers. Since these problems rarely observe disciplinary boundaries Integrated Assessments usually involve interdisciplinary research. In addition the body of existing knowledge is often insufficient for construction of an accurate representation of real world problems. Integrated Assessment offers a systematic approach to the identification of these interstices in disciplinary knowledge that have often frustrated analysis in the past. Thus Integrated Assessments have increasingly been the source of new directions and critical questions to be answered by the disciplinary sciences. Ultimately what distinguishes Integrated Assessment from disciplinary research is its policy dimension aiming to inform decision-makers on the complexity of real world problems. The applications of Integrated Assessment are rapidly evolving beyond the problems to which they were first applied (e.g . regional acid rain and global climate change) to include studies of: land use & land cover; water use; regional and local urban planning; and healthcare. The Journal will cater to this bourgeoning field and the rapidly expanding scope of studies being conducted.
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