February 28, 2007
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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 5, MAY 1992
HUMAN DIMENSIONS PROGRAM
The following have been produced by the Human Dimensions of Global
Environmental Change Programme, under the auspices of the U.N. Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Social Science
Council. This program is parallel to, but independent of, the International
Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. For information contact Evelyne Blamont, Deputy
Secretary General, ISSC, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, France (tel:
Dynamics of Societal Learning about Global Environmental Change
(ISSC/UNESCO Ser. 4), R.M. Worcester (City Univ., London, England), S.H. Barnes,
157 pp., 1991.
A report for the Working Group on Survey Research Data, one of six working
groups that are collecting data for the program, which gives a preliminary
inventory of available information and makes several suggestions about the focus
of future research. Data from over 1000 studies in over a dozen countries is
available on diskette from the HDGEC Secretariat in Barcelona.
A Framework for Research on the Human Dimensions of Global
Environmental Change (ISSC/UNESCO Ser. No. 3), H.K. Jacobsen, M.F. Price
(for the ISSC Standing Comm. on the Human Dimensions of Global Change), 61 pp.,
1991. Available from Intl. Social Sci. Council, 1 rue Miollis, 75015 Paris,
France (tel: 33-1-45682558).
Developed by the international ISSC committee over the last few years, this
plan proposes studies that will require conceptual, theoretical and
methodological development in the social sciences, and collaboration between
social and natural scientists. Research involves seven topics: (1) social
dimensions of resource use; (2) perception and assessment of global
environmental conditions and change; (3) impacts of local, national, and
international social, economic, and political structures and institutions; (4)
land use; (5) energy production and consumption; (6) industrial growth; (7)
environmental security and sustainable development.
Report of the International Social Science Council Scientific
Symposium on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (Palma de
Mallorca, Spain; Nov. 26-27, 1990) (Occasional Paper 1), M.F. Price, Rapporteur,
38 pp., 1991.
Coverage included the ISSC Framework for Research; the land use/land cover
element of the 1991-1992 work program; data and methods; national and regional
Reports on: A Workshop on Concepts, Models and Data for the Human
Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (Moscow; Mar. 2-4, 1990) and A
Workshop on Methodological Issues in Global Modelling: Micro-Global Links
(Mexico City; Nov. 5-8, 1990) (Occasional Paper 3), 23 pp., 1991.
The Moscow workshop reaffirmed the premise that data acquisition and
modeling must be an integral part of the program if it is to effectively
understand how human activities are altering the global natural environment.
However, data and modeling cannot be divorced from several larger issues, such
as values and cultural diversity. Several specific recommendations are made
regarding projects to be undertaken, the relationship with the IGBP, and policy
relevance of the program.
The Mexico City workshop was intended to address several methodological
issues for social scientific study. Recommended were research programs on:
geographical information systems for the study of social organization and land
use; case studies of successful sustainable development; historical view of
cumulative change; how the medium used to present information affects
perceptions of global change.
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