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dc.contributor.authorMacKinnon, Aaron
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-29T13:27:24Z
dc.date.available2017-03-29T13:27:24Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/72745
dc.description.abstractDespite a growing body of literature addressing the scientific requirements of competent environmental assessment (EA), practice remains contested. This study aims first to provide an overview of scientific developments associated with EA since the 1970s, as evidenced in the peer-reviewed literature. The second objective is to judge, on the basis only of evidence in the peer-reviewed literature, whether scientific theory and practice are at their vanguard in EA and related applications. Through the review, I reflect on biophysical science as it applies to stages of the EA process. I also reflect on debates surrounding the role of science as it relates to political and administrative dimensions of EA. Based on this review, I am convinced that science inside EA has not kept pace with developments in science outside EA. I also believe that improvements to the quality of science in EA will rely on the adoption of stronger participatory and collaborative working arrangements.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental assessmenten_US
dc.subjectenvironmental impact assessmenten_US
dc.subjectscienceen_US
dc.subjectadaptive managementen_US
dc.subjectscopingen_US
dc.subjectpredictionen_US
dc.subjectmonitoringen_US
dc.subjectparticipationen_US
dc.subjectcollaborationen_US
dc.titleImplementing science in environmental assessment - a review of theoryen_US
dc.date.defence2017-02-15
dc.contributor.departmentSchool for Resource & Environmental Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Environmental Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerAl Hansonen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorKatherine Sherrenen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerTony Walkeren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorPeter Duinkeren_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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