Environmental Forecasting - Planning and Policy
About this Course
Understanding the implications of policy and law, as well as planning for the future, often involves forecasting the outcome of complex relationships. For example, land use growth impacts transportation infrastructure, which, in turn, affects future land use growth. The importance of this and other relationships is constantly being revealed and incorporated into forecasting techniques. This course considers how forecasting is performed and reviewed within a legal framework. We will use the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Air Act to illustrate how courts and administrative agencies review and adapt to the uncertainties of forecasting. We will consider standards of review and how policymaking agencies, intervener groups, and the general public all interact within this changing process.