The Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF) is investigating how to make the process of assessment more effective, unleashing intellectual power towards pressing environmental challenges and opportunities.
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.