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Philosophy Matters - Examining the Value of Knowledge

Description: This paper discusses the University of North Texas' (UNT) Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity (CSID), where philosophers continue to examine the value of knowledge. The authors also discuss one example of CSID's work with the Comparative Assessment of Peer Review (CAPR) project. CAPR is a four-year project (2008-2012) studying the changing nature of peer review processes across six U.S. and foreign public science agencies. CAPR is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program.
Date: May 10, 2012
Creator: Frodeman, Robert & Holbrook, J. Britt
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Report in Response to America COMPETES Act: SEC. 7022

Description: This report is written in response to the America COMPETES Act request that the NSF Director report on the NSF broader impact merit review criterion. This report includes background on the NSF implementation of the broader impact criterion and responds to each of the five specific requests made in the COMPETES Act Sec 7022.
Date: 2008
Creator: National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Theory of the Landing Impact of Seaplanes

Description: The present investigation is an endeavor to express the jolting stresses, designated as landing impacts, undergone by seaplanes in landing and taking off from rough water, as functions of specific factors, in order to enable the evaluation of empirically obtained results and thus acquire theoretical data for the construction of seaplane floats and hulls.
Date: August 1930
Creator: Pabst, Wilhelm
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

2002 Wastewater Land Application Site Performance Reports for the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Associated Documentation

Description: The 2002 Wastewater Land Application site Performance Reports for the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory describe site conditions for the facilities with State of Idaho Wastewater Land Application Permits. Permit-required monitoring data are summarized, and permit exceedences or environmental impacts relating to the operation of the facilities during the 2002 permit year are discussed.
Date: February 1, 2003
Creator: Meachum, Teresa Ray & Lewis, Michael G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ecological Data in Support of the Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement. Part 2: Results of Spring 2007 Field Surveys

Description: This review provides an evaluation of potential impacts of actions that have been proposed under various alternatives to support the closure of the high level waste tanks on the Hanford Site. This review provides a summary of data collected in the field during the spring of 2007 at all of the proposed project sites within 200 East and 200 West Areas, and at sites not previously surveyed. The primary purpose of this review is to provide biological data that can be incorporated into or used to support the Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement.
Date: May 31, 2007
Creator: Sackschewsky, Michael R. & Downs, Janelle L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

GlobalWarming and Terrestrial Biodiversity Decline

Description: This study demonstrates that rapid rates of global warming are likely to increase rates of habitat loss and species extinction, most markedly in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Extensive areas of habitat may be lost to global warming and many species may be unable to shift their ranges fast enough to keep up with global warming. Rare and isolated populations of species in fragmented habitats or those bounded by large water bodies, human habitation and agriculture are particularly at risk, as are montane and arctic species.
Date: 2000
Creator: Markham, Jay R. & Markham, Adam
Partner: UNT Libraries

Polar Bears at Risk

Description: Satisfactory monitoring information has been obtained for most polar bear populations in recent years, however there is concern about hunting in areas without formal quota systems, such as Greenland. A range of toxic pollutants, including heavy metals, radioactivity, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are found throughout the Arctic. Of greatest concern are the effects of POPs on polar bears, which include a general weakening of the immune system, reduced reproductive success and physical deformities. The expansion of oil development in the Arctic poses additional threats; for example, disturbances to denning females in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska could undermine recruitment of the Beaufort Sea polar bear population.
Date: May 2002
Creator: Norris, Stefan; Norris, Stefan & Eid,Pål Martin
Partner: UNT Libraries

Coastal Alabama Offshore Natural Gas Economic Projection Model

Description: This document summarizes an economic projection model is third in a series of investigations concerning the social and economic impacts of the Coastal Alabama offshore gas industry. In addition to Alabama, this forecast concerns the economies of Texas and Louisiana as well. The results are based off the results from the study "Economic Effects of Coastal Alabama and Destin Dome Offshore Natural Gas Exploration, Development and Production."
Date: May 2002
Creator: Plater, Jason R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Environmental Impacts of Synthetic Based Drilling Fluids

Description: This report covers the observed environmental impacts of synthetic based drilling fluids (SBF) that are used in deepwater oil drilling. It is found that SBF tends to accumulate in the sediment which tends to exhibit low toxicity and effects the living organisms in various ways.
Date: August 2000
Creator: Neff, J. M.; McKelvie, S. & Ayers, R.C., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Using Weather Data and Climate Model Output in Economic Analyses of Climate Change

Description: Economists are increasingly using weather data and climate model output in analyses of the economic impacts of climate change. This article introduces a set of weather data sets and climate models that are frequently used, discusses the most common mistakes economists make in using these products, and identifies ways to avoid these pitfalls. We first provide an introduction to weather data, including a summary of the types of datasets available, and then discuss five common pitfalls that empirical researchers should be aware of when using historical weather data as explanatory variables in econometric applications. We then provide a brief overview of climate models and discuss two common and significant errors often made by economists when climate model output is used to simulate the future impacts of climate change on an economic outcome of interest.
Date: June 28, 2013
Creator: Auffhammer, Maximilian; Hsiang, Solomon M.; Schlenker, Wolfram & Sobel, Adam H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The role of science and technology for energy and the environment

Description: The premise of this paper is that science, and the technology derived from science, is not the answer to energy and environmental problems. Science is a method of answering questions and as modern societies people must be very careful and specific in posing those questions. Many of the environmental issues addressed at the meeting are the direct result of not being specific enough in the demands placed on the science community. For example, when science was asked to increase chemical production to produce greater and greater quantities of consumer products, society forgot to ask that they be produced without significant damage to the environment. When society developed nuclear deterrents to protect national security interests, it failed to consider the life-cycle costs of these weapons systems. Now society must deal with a legacy of hundreds of billions of dollars in clean-up costs. One impediment has been that energy and environmental problems are intrinsically crosscutting, both across scientific disciplines and the decision-making systems of society. The author suggests that one approach to this problem is better integration across scientific disciplines and the integration of science and technology with political, economic and social factors. Three examples of successes are used to illustrate this.
Date: December 31, 1998
Creator: Hjersen, D.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A Technology Assessment of Coal Slurry Pipelines

Description: A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on the "possible effects on society of coal slurry pipeline development, a comparison of pipeline and unit train costs, and an analysis of relevant legal and regulatory issues" (Foreword).
Date: March 1978
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

2003 Wastewater Land Application Site Performance Reports for the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

Description: The 2003 Wastewater Land Application Site Performance Reports for the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory describe the conditions for the facilities with State of Idaho Wastewater Land Application Permits. Permit-required monitoring data are summarized, and permit exceedences or environmental impacts relating to the operations of the facilities during the 2003 permit year are discussed.
Date: February 1, 2004
Creator: Meachum, Teresa R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department