A Taxonomy and Treatment of Uncertainty for Ecology and Conservation Biology

  title={A Taxonomy and Treatment of Uncertainty for Ecology and Conservation Biology},
  author={Helen M. Regan and Mark Colyvan and Mark Burgman},
Uncertainty is pervasive in ecology where the difficulties of dealing with sources of uncertainty are exacerbated by variation in the system itself. Attempts at classifying uncertainty in ecology have, for the most part, focused exclusively on epistemic uncertainty. In this paper we classify uncertainty into two main categories: epistemic uncertainty (uncertainty in determinate facts) and linguistic uncertainty (uncertainty in language). We provide a classification of sources of uncertainty… CONTINUE READING
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