Uncertainty, policy-making and ecosystems – new research

Research on a cluster of scientific guidance for decision-makers suggests that the handling of uncertainties needs further attention. Guidance for policy-makers on five environmental issues associated with the Baltic Sea was analysed. Researchers found that uncertainties were often characterised as a lack of data, and uncertainties arising from complex ecosystem interactions were not explored. Better explanation and discussion of the full range of scientific uncertainties is recommended to assist robust decision-making.