Risk in Arctic coastal and offshore resource development

2010-10-25 by News, Sports, and Art

The purpose of this Fall 2010 seminar series, hosted by UA North by 2020, featured a talk by Elke Weber. The series explores overarching concepts of assessment and mitigation of risks applied in different settings relevant for natural resource development. Potential questions addressed by speakers and in the discussion include:


  • How can risk be evaluated and integrated into decision making?

  • What can be learned about potential biases from cognition and decision science?

  • What different paradigms or measures of risk are employed by different institutions?

  • How can the decision process integrate different perceptions or understanding of risk by different stakeholders?

Elke Weber, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University: Understanding, communicating, and managing risks across stakeholders and cultures.

This podcast was recorded on Oct. 22, 2010.



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Gulf of Mexico: Future of offshore drilling--risks and rewards

2010-09-29 by News, Sports, and Art

The Anchorage Chapter of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) and UAA will co-sponsor a free public forum on the future of offshore drilling in Alaska. The focus of the forum is navigating the risk/reward spectrum. The purpose of the forum will be to present a variety of perspectives to the public, and to conduct a deliberative discussion surrounding the benefits and risks of Arctic drilling within the contexts of:

  • addressing oil spills in an ice environment
  • risk mitigation (prevention, paying for spill damages)
  • benefits of Alaska offshore development

Panelists will include:
David Ramseur, Chief of Staff to Senator Mark Begich
Mayor Edward Itta, North Slope Borough
Pete Slaiby, General Manager, Shell Oil Alaska Co.
John Schoen, Senior Scientist, Alaska Audubon Society

The forum will be moderated by Michael Carey, host of Anchorage Edition and Running on KAKM public television and guest columnist for the Anchorage Daily News. Panelists will take questions from the audience following their presentation.

The IAEE is an organization of corporate, government, academic and scientific economists dedicated solely to the education of the public on energy economic issues.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 2010.



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