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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Policy makers, mineral exploration experts, and regional planners decide how
public lands, which may contain undiscovered resources, should be used or
whether to invest in exploration for minerals on a regular basis. Decisions are
also made concerning mineral resource adequacy, national policy, and regional
development. This book makes explicit the factors that can affect a
mineral-related decision so that decision-makers can clearly see the possible
consequences of their decisions.
Based on work done at the US Geological Survey, the authors address the
question of the kinds of issues decision-makers are trying to resolve and what
forms of information would aid in resolving these issues. The goal of the
process discussed is to offer unbiased quantitative assessments in a format
needed in decision-support systems so that consequences of alternative courses
of action can be examined with respect to land use or mineral-resource
development. An integrated approach focuses on three assessment parts and the
models that support them. Although the concepts presented are straightforward
and understandable, in assessments, carefully listening to the experts in other
disciplines leads to better products. Navigating through and making sense of
QRA requires not just learning rules and equations, but life experiences and
common sense. The judgment required to understand which tools to apply are best
learned by example and experience. This will be useful to governmental or
industrial policy makers, managers of explorations, planners of regional
development, and similar decision-makers.