For decades, assessment—an organized effort to evaluate overall understanding about an important issue to society—has played a key role in informing decisions about complex and contested environmental issues. The Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF) builds from these experiences, testing new approaches to assessment.

For climate, energy, and biodiversity, SEAF aims to improve understanding and communication of risks and options. The heart of the initiative is innovating and evaluating methods for (1) integrating evidence, (2) exploring possible futures, and (3) facilitating interactions between experts and decision-makers. To build dialogue and momentum, SEAF is bringing experts together with policymakers, business leaders, and community groups. The goal is to support ongoing foundations for smart choices and solutions.

SEAF's first project is an expert assessment of climate change and the risks of violent conflict. For more information, see the SEAF Fact Sheet.

Katharine Mach

Carolien Kraan
Research Professional
Advisory Committee

Chris Field, Chair
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Gretchen Daily
Natural Capital Project

Jim Leape
Center for Ocean Solutions

Rob Lempert
RAND Corporation

Walt Reid
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Petra Tschakert
University of Western Australia