The Colorado Internet Center for Environmental Problem Solving
Providing Access to University and Regional Expertise in Dispute
Resolution and Environmental Policy Making
-- No registration is required use this site. Still, we request that you fill out our user
survey. It allows us to document our activities for project funders and helps us improve
- University of Colorado Educational Programs
- The site contains extensive, computer searchable information on the many University
teaching programs that relate to the environmental policy sciences. These include formal
undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificate programs, Continuing Education and
professional training programs, and individual course offerings. Included programs
represent the full range of academic disciplines as well as the work being done on all
campuses of the University.
- University of Colorado Environmental Research Programs
- The Center also includes information about and links to more than 50 campus
organizations doing research pertaining to environmental policy making and problem
- Core Literature Abstracts
- A particularly useful feature of the site is a computer-searchable database containing
lengthy abstracts of several hundred books used in the University's many environmental
problem-solving courses. In a very real sense, these books constitute the University's
collective judgement regarding the field's core literature. A search of this database is
likely to point faculty, students, and visitors to high quality books outlining
state-of-the-art thinking on the full range of policy related topics.
- It is now common for Web sites to contain bookmarks to other sites that authors have
found useful. Our goal has been to take this useful practice a step further and assemble a
series of computer searchable and topic focused links which can guide people to the
information they need while helping to overcome the Internet's information overload
problem. The Internet Center includes hundreds of links divided into 10 major categories
with options for searching using either a guided search or a full-text search system.
Included are links to research programs, government sites, news sources, environmental
interest groups, etc
- Issue Pages
- In addition to the individual superlinks discussed above we have also prepared a series
of "issue pages" with extensive and high-quality links focused upon many of the
major environmental policy problems facing the Rocky Mountain region. These pages provide
continually updated information on the following topics: air quality in the Grand Canyon,
air quality in Colorado, Colorado River conflicts, endangered species in Colorado, grazing
conflicts in the American west, Colorado growth and land use, wolf reintroduction, Rocky
Mountain Arsenal superfund cleanup, Utah wilderness, wildfires, and management of the
greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
- Interview-based Search System
- The center also includes a user-friendly, interview-based system which emulates a
consulting interview with a member of the Consortium's staff. The system asks users
several questions to find out more about the environmental problems which concern them. It
then links them to the appropriate resources. In the coming months we plan to expand this
initial, experimental system.
- Site Resources by Type of Environmental Issue
- Information is also categorized according to the type of environmental problem
- Case Study Database
- We have also established a full-text, on-line collection of case studies of
environmental disputes and dispute-resolution processes. This computer searchable database
will provide both intermediaries and adversaries with stories explaining how others have
dealt with environmental problem-solving issues. The database also provides an
increasingly valuable, qualitative data set which researchers can use to develop and test
a broad range of theoretical concepts. We are hoping to expand the archive beyond its
twenty current papers by persuading others to contribute their work. We will, of course,
give everyone full credit for their work.
- Quantitative Data Registry
- This experimental program seeks to help researchers combine quantitative data from
several sources in a single data registry. Ideally this would allow researchers with new
ideas to use existing data sets to test their hypotheses. It would also facilitate
large-scale, meta-analyses of combined data sets. Our goal is to attract people who are
interested in participating in joint projects, as well as scholars with useful data sets
that they would be willing to share.
- On-line Publications
- The goal of this aspect of the Internet center is to provide access to full-text,
on-line publications which are available over the web. Included are Consortium papers, as
well as materials from other sources. We have also included links to on-line distribution
sources such as Amazon.com.
(Instant) Environmental Web Searches
- Given the speed at which the content of the Web changes, we have structured complex
Internet searches designed to provide users with the latest information on specific
environmental policy related topics. We find that the continually updated nature of these
searches makes them useful even though the results are not reviewed to remove "false
hits" and poor quality sites (as we have done with the superlinks and issue pages).
- Online Courses
- The site also includes information about and links to two online courses related to
environmental problem solving with another course to be added in the near future. Current
courses include the Consortium's course on general conflict resolution and James
Stratman's course on health risk communication.
- University Contact Information
- Links to University directories, maps, and other information needed to contact people
working on environmental topics are also included.
- Employment Center
- This no-cost, experimental service allows students looking for work in the environmental
problem-solving field to post their resumes, and employers to advertise job openings.
- Link to the Main Conflict Research Consortium Homepage
- Finally, the site contains a link to the Consortium's main homepage which offers even
more extensive information on a broad array of topics related to conflict resolution
- Consortium Approach to Environmental Disputes
- Extensive information about the work that the Universitys Conflict Research
Consortium has been doing in the field of environmental dispute resolution. This aspect of
the site reflects our interest in continuing environmental conflictsthose that
resist conventional resolution techniques.
Internet Center for Environmental Problem Solving Main Home Page -- Main Conflict Research Consortium Home Page
For more information contact: Guy
Burgess, Co-Director, Conflict Research Consortium, Campus Box 327, University of
Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0327 Phone: (303)492-1635; Fax: (303)492-2154; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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