Chapters will be uploaded as they become available. An outline of the entire guidebook follows below.

Part 1 deals with process-related challenges, leading up to a plea for collaboration.

Ch. 1 surveys different forms of public involvement and proposes a practical definition of public consultation. Ch. 2 uses jargon from engineering and programming to illustrate common frustrations when working in groups, and points out that cognitive biases can shape our opinions. Ch. 3 argues that collaboration is the best way to avoid these pitfalls.

Part 2 introduces tools for exploring the inevitable complexity of any environmental policy question.

Ch. 4 presents a practical definition of risk and shows how our assessments of risk are influenced by estimates of probability and uncertainty. Ch. 5 describes a step-by-step approach for interpreting probability statements and works through some examples from everyday life. Ch. 6 briefly surveys tools for incorporating uncertainty into planning processes, with a focus on Bayesian concepts. Ch. 7 discusses issues of scale: how to bound the questions we are confronting in a planning process, and how to link different scales in our collective reasoning. Ch. 8 describes how simulation models can be used as virtual laboratories where we explore questions of risk, probability, uncertainty, and scale.

Part 3 describes approaches for making decisions despite all of the challenges identified in the first two parts.

Ch. 9 outlines the steps of formal decision analysis and how they can serve as a valuable checklist for a planning process. Ch. 10 introduces the concept of precaution and summarizes the current debate about its practical implementation. Ch. 11 concludes with some thoughts on the need for qualitative judgement.