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Improving Interactions Between Coastal Science and Policy: Proceedings of the California Symposium Appendix C Discussion Items* Rank the factors that have most limited the application of natural and social sciences in environmental decisionmaking. Provide specific examples of each. List the principal institutional impediments to the generation and transfer of scientific information. Suggest ways these might be reduced. List the principal institutional impediments to the access and appropriate consideration of scientific information. Suggest ways these might be reduced. Identify organizations and mechanisms (targeted research and analysis, advisory committees, workshops, etc.) that have been notably effective and ineffective. Identify sub-issues where the lack of public understanding of existing scientific knowledge has affected decisionmaking. Identify areas where the lack of scientific consensus has been a factor in environmental decisionmaking. Indicate what prevented development of consensus. Identify incentives that might lead to improved interactions. * These items were distributed to each issue group as a focus for group discussions.
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