Communication of Error and Uncertainty in Airport Environmental Models

Although computer models are often used to evaluate the environmental impact of proposed airport changes, this information is subject to an inherent degree of uncertainty that stems from input data and model approximations. Using an example of the proposed expansion of London Heathrow, this paper evaluates the barriers that frequently prevent the successful conversion of simulated local environmental data into information that is of best use in a decision-making setting increasingly dominated by non-experts. Recommendations are provided on how the reporting of simulated environmental data can be improved to better meet the information needs of an extended stakeholder community. Improved disclosure, clarity and a move away from conventional technical visualizations can help in this effort.

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  • Authors:
    • Pearce, Daniel P
    • Wrobel, Luiz C
    • Fuller, Ian C
  • Publication Date: 2009-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01147914
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 18 2010 5:02PM