Environmental Risk Assessment

Douglas Crawford-Brown, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This site is the homepage for a course on environmental risk assessment taught by Douglas Crawford-Brown at the University of North Carolina. This course provides an overview of the evidential reasoning, methods and applications of risk assessment in understanding environmental risks and selecting effective environmental policies that protect human health. Topics discussed include understanding philosophical features of discourse within risk analysis, collection and analysis of evidence used in risk assessment; physical, chemical and biological processes that underlie environmental risks; treatment of uncertainty and variability; simple quantitative models of human health risks; and the performance of human health risk assessments for regulatory and other purposes. Links to downloadable chapters are also included.

Subject: Biology, Environmental Science, Policy:Environmental Decision-Making
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience
Environmental Policy: Environmental Decision-Making
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Environmental Quality, Policy
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology