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Framing risk for environmental science and environmental scientists

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CGG Head of Environmental Science David Viner explores the presence, complexities and opportunities of risk on the journey toward sustainability

Understanding and managing risk is crucial for effective decision-making in environmental science. Risk is a complex concept that involves several dynamic components, including hazard, exposure, vulnerability and response. These dynamic components are each subject to change over time and space, making risk assessment and management a challenging but necessary task.

In this article published in Environmental Scientist, CGG’s David Viner explores the multifaceted nature of risk and its importance in addressing uncertainty around environmental, safety, and governance (ESG) themes. By defining the components of risk and examining their interactions, Viner provides insights into how environmental scientists, industry leaders and other decision-makers can use risk assessments to inform their actions and reduce adverse consequences.

Download the full article now to learn more about:

  • The multidimensional nature of the term ‘risk’ and the importance of clarity in defining its components
  • How risk components dynamically interact with the subjectivity of decision-making and emerging socioeconomic factors
  • Why risk assessment is crucial for informing decision-makers of how different actions can reduce or exacerbate adverse effects
  • Available analytical methods that support deliberative processes in risk management
  • Valuable perspectives from authors in diverse environmental fields, providing a comprehensive overview of the subject of risk.
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