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Doherty, K. and Webler, T. (2016) Social norms and efficacy beliefs drive the Alarmed segment's public-sphere climate actions, Nature Climate Change. Online first at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/NCLIMATE3025

 Surprisingly few individuals who are highly concerned about climate change take action to influence public policies.To assess social-psychological and cognitive drivers of public-sphere climate actions of “Global Warming’s Six...

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2016. Understanding consent: Principles and challenges for a consent-based process to site facilities for interim and long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel and high level wastes in the United States. Northampton, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 We highlight issues relevant to a consent-based siting process for nuclear waste management facilities with the intent to inform stakeholders on potential critical issues and challenges associated with such a process. In this paper we trace...

Doherty, K.L. (2014). From Alarm to Action: Closing the Gap Between Belief and Behavior in Response to Climate Change. Doctoral Dissertation. Keene NH: Antioch University - New England.

 

Community profile for South Thomaston, Maine

 This is a summary of key community features of South Thomaston, Maine prepared by Sherman Hoyt in January 2013.

Webler, T., Tuler, S.P., and Oriel, E. (2012). Results from participatory hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation planning workshops in Boston Massachusetts. Social and Environmental Research Institute: Greenfield MA.

 

Webler, T., Tuler, S.P., and Oriel, E. (2012). Results from a VCAPS planning workshop for extreme weather in Orange Beach, Alabama: Final report. Social and Environmental Research Institute: Greenfield MA.

 

Webler, T., Tuler, S.P., and Pignatelli, T. M. (2012). Results from a VCAPS planning workshop for extreme weather and climate change in New Bedford and Fairhaven, Massachusetts: Final report. Social and Environmental Research Institute: Greenfield MA.

 

watershed planning, Environmental Policy & Governance 21(6):472-486. Webler, T., Tuler, S. and Rose, E. 2011. Options for Developing Public and Stakeholder Engagement for the Storage and Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) and High Level Waste (HLW) in the United States. A Technical report prepared for the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Washington, DC: Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Available online at: www.brc.gov/commissioned_papers.html

This report puts forth a number of options and recommendations for how to engage stakeholders and other members of the public in the storage and management of spent nuclear fuel and high level waste in the United States. The options are generated...

Webler, T. and Tuler, S.P. (2012). Results from a VCAPS planning workshop for extreme weather and climate change in Plymouth, Massachusetts: Final report. Social and Environmental Research Institute: Greenfield MA.

 

Webler, T., S. Tuler & T. Dietz. (In press 2011). Scientists’ views on the roles of models in watershed planning. Environmental Policy & Governance

Nitrogen loading models are often designed and built without any input from decision makers. Better understanding and communication between modelers and decision makers would improve the usefulness of models.

Tuler, S. P. and Kasperson, R. E. 2011. Social distrust: implications and recommendation for spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste management. A Technical report prepared for the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Washington, DC: Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.

The management of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and defense high level waste (HLW) is a complex socio-technical systems challenge.  Coordinated, reliable, and safe performance will be required over very long periods of time within evolving social...

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Lord, F., and Dow, K. 2010. A case study into the human dimensions of the DM-932 oil spill in New Orleans. Greenfield MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute. 32pp.

 

Webler, T., Tuler, S., Dow K., and Lord, F. 2010. Guidance for incorporating human impacts and vulnerabilities in marine oil spill contingency planning. Report 10-003. Greenfield MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute. 42pp.

This document provides guidance for Area Planning Committees to systematically assess the potential health, social, economic, institutional, and cultural impacts of oil spills – what are often called “human dimensions impacts.”...

Webler, T. and F. Lord. 2010. Planning for the human dimensions of oil spills. Environmental Management 45: 723-738.

Oil spill contingency planners need an improved approach to understanding and planning for the human dimensions of oil spills. Drawing on existing literature in social impact assessment, natural hazards, human ecology, adaptive management, global...

Dow, K., Lord, F., Tuler, S., & Webler, T. 2010. Report on databases and tools available to assess vulnerabilities of human communities to oil spills. SERI Report 10-004. Greenfield MA: SERI.

 

Dow, K., Lord, F., Tuler, S., & Webler, T. 2010. Technical appendix on databases available to assess vulnerabilities of human communities to oil spills. SERI Report 10-005 Greenfield MA: SERI.

 

Eugene A. Rosa, Seth P. Tuler, Baruch Fischhoff, Thomas Webler, Sharon M. Friedman, Richard E. Sclove, Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Mary R. English, Roger E. Kasperson, Robert L. Goble, Thomas M. Leschine, William Freudenburg, Caron Chess, Charles Perrow, Kai Erikson, James F. Short. 2010. Nuclear Waste: Knowledge Waste? Science 329(5993):762-763. (August 13, 2010)

 

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 2010. Getting the engineering right is not always enough: Researching the human dimensions of new energy technologies. Energy Policy 38(6): 2690-2691

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Polsky, C. 2009. A risk-based approach to rapid vulnerability assessment in New England fishery communities. Case study of the groundfishing sector in Chatham, Massachusetts. SERI Report 09-002. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Polsky, C. 2009. A risk-based approach to rapid vulnerability assessment in New England fishery communities. Case study of the groundfishing sector in coastal New Hampshire. SERI Report 09-003. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Polsky, C. 2009. A risk-based approach to rapid vulnerability assessment in New England fishery communities. Case study of the groundfishing sector in New Bedford, Massachusetts. SERI Report 09-004. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Polsky, C. 2009. Final Project Report for Risk-Based Approach to Rapid Vulnerability and Consequence Assessment. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 

Lord, F., Tuler, S., Webler, T., Dow, K. 2009. A case study into the human dimensions of the Bouchard-120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. SERI Report 09-006. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Polsky, C. 2009. Guidance for Rapid Vulnerability and Consequence Assessment of Fisheries Management Plan. SERI Report 09-005. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2009. Comparing stakeholders’ objectives for oil spill contingency planning and response: A Q study of four regions, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 17(2):95-107

Marine oil spills can cause major social, economic, and ecological disruptions.  Spill response managers must weigh different options and objectives when deciding what to do. We investigated the ways that preferences for spill response...

Tuler, S., Agyeman, J., Pinto da Silva, P., LoRusso, K., and Kay, R. 2008. Assessing vulnerabilities: Integrating information about driving forces that affect risks and resilience in fishing communities, Human Ecology Review 15(2):171-184.

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2008. Q Methodology. In Linda Kalof, Amy Dan and Thomas Dietz. (eds.) Essentials of Social Research, pages 137-138. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press/McGraw Hill Publishers.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T. and Kay, R. 2008. Comparing stakeholder objectives for oil spill response: A Q study of four regions. SERI Report 08-001. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 This report describes the results of a study about the relative importance of spill response objectives to stakeholders, from varied organizations and government agencies. In this study the population of interest includes spill...

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Seager, T., Kay, R., and Linkov, I. 2008. Defining and selecting objectives and performance metrics for oil spill response assessment: A process design integrating analysis and deliberation. SERI Report 08-002. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

This document lays out a framework by which defensible performance metrics for oil spill response can be developed in an analytic-deliberative process that includes a broad range of stakeholders and is informed by the best available scientific...

Tuler, S., Chess, C., Santos, S., Danielson, S., and Webler, T. 2008. Selecting the right tool for evaluations: Guidance for community involvement practitioners, EPA’s Collaboration Network News, Winter 2008

 

Tuler, S. Webler, T., Danielson, S., Chess, C., and Santos, S. 2008. Three Evaluative Tools to Empower Local Communities in the Environmental Clean Up of Sediment Contaminated Sites. Final Report. Greenfield MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 

Danielson, S., S.L. Santos, T. Webler, and S.P. Tuler. 2008. Building and breaking a bridge of trust in a Superfund site remediation, International Journal of Global Environmental Issues 8(1-2):45-60.

Trust is widely recognized as a key variable in perceptions and decision making about environmental risks. However, most considerations of trust treat it as a simple two-agent relationship. Based on an analysis of a...

Santos, S. Danielson, S, Tuler, S. 2007. Guidance on the use of focus groups for evaluation of public involvement programs at contaminated sediment sites. SERI Research Report. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 This report provides guidance for using focus groups to:
• evaluate public involvement during remediation of contaminated sites;
• conduct both formative and summative evaluations; and
• conduct both process...

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 2008. Organizing a deliberative planning process: What does the science say?. In S. Odugbemi and T. Jacobson (eds.), Governance reform under real-world conditions: Citizens, stakeholders, and voice (pp. 125-160). Washington, DC: World Bank.

 

Seager, T., Satterstrom, F. K., Linkov, I., Tuler, S., and Kay, R. 2007. Typological Review of Environmental Performance Metrics (with Illustrative Examples for Oil Spill Response), Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 3:310-321.

An intensification of interest in environmental assessment during the last 2 decades has driven corporate efforts to better document environmental goals, improve environmental management systems, and increase awareness of the environmental...

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2007. Comparing stakeholder objectives for how Ecological Risk Assessment Workshops are conducted: A Q study of Washington State and Delaware Bay regions. SERI Report 07-003. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

 

Tuler, S. and Kay, R. 2007. Comparing stakeholder objectives for oil spill response: A Q study of Buzzards Bay and San Francisco Bay. SERI Report 07-001. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc

 

Tuler, S. 2007. Institutional preferences for justice, avoiding harm, and expertise in public health policy making about the health consequences of iodine-131 nuclear weapons testing fallout. In S. Quigley, A. Lowman, S. Wing (eds.) Ethics of research on health impacts of nuclear weapons activities in the United States. Report from the Collaborative Initiative for Research Ethics and Environmental Health (CIREEH). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University.

 

Danielson, S, Webler, T. & Tuler, S. 2007. Guidance on the Use of Q Method for Evaluation of Public Involvement Programs at Contaminated Sites. . SERI Research Report. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.
Tuler, S.P., R. Kay, T.P. Seager, and I. Linkov, 2006. Objectives and performance metrics in oil spill response: the Bouchard-120 and Chalk Point spill responses. SERI Report 06-002. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. (Editors) 2006. Special section on public participation in environmental assessment and decision-making in Human Ecology Review 13 (6).

 

Sickler, Jessica, John Fraser, Sarah Gruber, Paul Boyle, Tom Webler, and Diana Reiss. 2006. Thinking about dolphins thinking. Working Paper No. 27. New York: Wildlife Conservation Society.

 

J. Sickler, J. Fraser, T. Webler, D. Reiss, P. Boyle, H. Lyn, K. Lemcke, S. Gruber. 2006. Social narratives surrounding dolphins: A Q method study, Society and Animals 14(4): 351-382.

In preparation for development of an exhibit on the cognitive abilities of dolphins, the Wildlife Conservation Society sought to determine potential visitor’s social perspectives about dolphin intelligence, and how these beliefs might...

Seager, T.P., F.K. Satterstrom, I. Linkov, S.P. Tuler, and R. Kay, 2006. Typological review of environmental performance metrics (with illustrative examples for oil spill response). SERI Report 06-001. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

An intensification of interest in environmental assessment during the last two decades has driven corporate efforts to better document environmental goals, improve environmental management systems, and increase awareness of the environmental and...

Webler, T., and S. P. Tuler 2006. Four perspectives on public participation process in environmental assessment and decision making: combined results from 10 case studies, Policy Studies Journal 34(4): 699-722.

Knowing how people think about public participation processes and knowing what people want from these processes is essential to crafting a legitimate and effective process and delivering a program that is widely viewed as meaningful and...

Russ, A., Burns, C., Tuler, S., and Taylor, O. 2006. Health risks of ionizing radiation: An overview of epidemiological studies. Worcester, MA: Community-Based Hazard Management Program, The George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University.

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2006. Competing perspectives on a process for making remediation and stewardship decisions at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, Research in Social Problems and Public Policy 13:49-77.

 Agencies responsible for remediation and long-term stewardship of areas with chemical and radiological contamination are feeling the pressure to increase public participation in decision-making. Much of the literature outlining advice for...

Tuler, S.P., T.P. Seager, R. Kay, and I. Linkov, 2006. The Bouchard-120 and Chalk Point spill responses: objectives and performance metrics. In I. Linkov, G. Kiker, and R. Wenning (eds.) Environmental security in harbors and coastal areas, pp. 209-228. Springer.

Oil spills present a chronic threat to the environmental security of most major ports. While mitigation of the risk of oil spills should include  prevention, major oil spills remain periodic occurrences. Consequently, spill preparedness and...

Tuler, S., Webler, T., and Finson, R. 2005. Competing perspectives on public involvement: Planning for risk characterization and risk communication about radiological contamination from a national laboratory, Health, Risk, and Society 7(3):247-266.
Dietz, T., Tanguay, J., Tuler, S., and Webler, T. 2004. Making Computer Models Useful: An Exploration of Expectations by Modelers and Local Officials. Journal of Coastal Management, 32(3): 307-318

Recent trends indicate an increasing use of computer modeling in support of local environmental policy-making. The ability of such models to improve local environmental decision making will depend not only on the characteristics of the models but...

Webler T, Tuler S, Tanguay J. 2004. Competing perspectives on public participation in National Park Service Planning: The Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 22(3).

Nearly all types of recreation agencies are feeling the pressure to increase public involvement.

Webler, T., Tuler, S., Shockey, I., Stern, P. C., and Beattie, R. 2003. Participation by local governmental officials in watershed management planning. Society and Natural Resources 16(2):105-121.

This article reports on a study that explores what factors influence the decisions of New England local governmental officials (LGOs) to participate (or not) in regional collaborative environmental policymaking on watershed management planning. Q...

Tuler, S., Webler, T., and Tanguay, J. 2003. Perspectives on public participation at a Department of Energy nuclear weapons facility: Addressing public health risks from radiological contamination released by the Fernald nuclear weapons facility (Ohio). SERI Report 03-003. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., and Tanguay, J. 2003. Perspectives on public participation at a Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Facility: Setting clean soil standards at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site. SERI Report 03-004. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Finson, R., and Tanguay, J. 2003. Perspectives on Public Participation at a Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Facility, Case Study: Addressing Health Risks from Sewage Sludge Contaminated with Plutonium Released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (CA). SERI Report 03-001. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute

 

Tuler, S., and Webler, T. 2003. Perspectives on public participation in forest management planning: The Greater Flagstaff, Arizona Region. SERI Report 03-005. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., and Tanguay, J. 2003. Perspectives on public participation in the National Park Service: Planning for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. SERI Report 03-006. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Tanguay, J., and Finson, R. 2003. Perspectives on public participation in forest management planning: Forest management in the Applegate Watershed. SERI Report 03-002. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 2002. Unlocking the puzzle of public participation. Bulletin of Science, Technology, & Society 22(3):179-189.

Public participation is well known for its practitioner insights and wealth of case reports. This knowledge is essential and has been well employed. Likewise, the theoretical literature on public participation is growing rapidly. The need for...

Machlis, G.E., Kaplan, A.B., Tuler, S.P., Bagby, K.A., and McKendry, J.E. 2002. Burning questions: A social science research plan for federal wildland fire management. Report to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Missoula, MT: National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

 

Golding, D., Tuler, S., Mitchell, R., Krueger, R., and Duda, M. 2002. A Survey of Visitor Safety in the National Park System. Prepared for the National Park Service Under subcontract (# GNK756) to the University of Idaho, Cooperative Park Studies Unit, Moscow, ID.

 

Tuler, S. and Golding, D. 2002. An Inventory of Hazards and Risk Conditions in the National Parks. Prepared for the National Park Service Under subcontract (# GNK756) to the University of Idaho, Cooperative Park Studies Unit, Moscow, ID.

 

Golding, D., Tuler, S., Krueger, R., and Duda, M. 2002. An Analysis of Visitor Accident Risk in the National Park System. Prepared for the National Park Service Under subcontract (# GNK756) to the University of Idaho, Cooperative Park Studies Unit, Moscow, ID.

 

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Shockey, I., and Stern, P. C., 2002. Factors influencing the participation of local governmental officials in the National Estuary Program. Coastal Management 30(1):101-120.

Participation by local governmental officials is not given the same attention in the literature as that of citizens, publics, technical experts, or stakeholders. Yet, local governments are often a keystone to successfully implementing and...

Webler, T. 2002. Radiation risk perception and communication: A case study of the tritium controversy at Brookhaven National Laboratory. SERI Report 02-002. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

      This manuscript reports on how individuals in and around Brookhaven National Lab came to their perceptions of a low-dose radiation risk from tritiated water that contaminated the aquifer directly beneath the Lab. ...

Golding, D. and Tuler, S. 2002. A Comprehensive Study of Visitor Safety in the National Park System: Final Report. Prepared for the National Park Service Under subcontract (# GNK756) to the University of Idaho, Cooperative Park Studies Unit, Moscow, ID.

 

Tuler, S. and Golding, D. 2002. A Review of the Literature for a Comprehensive Study of Visitor Safety in the National Park System. Prepared for the National Park Service Under subcontract (# GNK756) to the University of Idaho, Cooperative Park Studies Unit, Moscow, ID.

 

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 2001. Public participation in watershed management planning: Views on process from people in the field. Human Ecology Review 8(2):29-39.

Watershed planning is an important focus of environmental protection efforts in many states. Still, how to involve the public in watershed planning remains controversial. This paper reports on research that invoked Q methodology to...

Webler, T., Tuler, S., Tanguay, J., and Dietz, T. 2001. Modelers’ views on the role of models in watershed management. SERI Report 01-001. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute

In interviews with sixteen modelers and outreach professionals in southern New England, we explored themes related to ecological models and their application in local decision making. In specific, we investigated the use of nitrogen...

Webler, T., Tuler, S., and Krueger, R. 2001. What is a good public participation process? Five perspectives from the public. Environmental Management 27(3):435-450.

 

Webler, T, Shockey, I, and Tuler, S. 2000. Why do (or don’t) local government officials participate in watershed planning efforts? Coastlines 10.2 (April): 10-11.

 

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 2000. Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation: Reflections from a Case Study. Administration and Society 32(5):56-595.

This article reports progress on developing a theory of public participation that may prove useful to administrative bodies. The authors review a theory of public participation based on Habermas’s theory of communicative action and then...

Tuler, S. (ed.) 2000. Community guide to environmental health research methods. Report prepared by the Childhood Cancer Research Institute, Worcester, MA as part of a subcontract with Clark University. 110 pgs.

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 1999. Designing an analytic deliberative process for environmental health policy making in the US nuclear weapons complex. RISK: Health, Safety, and Environment 10(1):65-87

 

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 1999. Integrating Technical Analysis with Deliberation in Regional Watershed Management Planning: Applying the National Research Council Approach. Policy Studies Journal 27(3):530-543.

This paper suggests that applications of watershed management planning would benefit from a theoretical consideration of the policymaking process. A conceptual schema from the field of risk analysis proposes that policymaking be conceived of as a...

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 1999. Voices from the forest: What participants expect of a public participation process. Society and Natural Resources 12:437-453

It is now widely accepted that members of the public should be involved in environmental decision-making. Many researchers have attempted to define process and outcome principles for "good" public participation. The emphasis of this...

Brugge, D. 1998. Overview of tritium and its health effects. Worcester, MA: Childhood Cancer Research Institute

 

Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 1998. Human Ecology Forum Editors Introduction. How to do environmental decision-making: Varying perspectives on the US National Research Council's Understanding Risk Report. Human Ecology Review 5(1):35-36.

 

Tuler, S. (ed.) 1998. Community Health Education Needs Assessment: Status, resources, and needs in communities affected by US nuclear weapons complex facilities. Report prepared by the Childhood Cancer Research Institute, Worcester, MA as part of a subcontract with Clark University. 125 pgs.

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 1997. Report on the state of the art on indicators for sustainable community development. SERI Report 97-001. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

 

Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 1995. Process Evaluation for Discursive Decision Making in Environmental and Risk Policy. Human Ecology Review 2(1):62-71.

Many important environmental and risk policy issues have become disputatious and difficult to resolve by traditional methods. Regulators and policy analysts have begun to look at tools for collective decision- making and shared problem solving to...

Kasperson, R. E., Golding, D., and Tuler, S. 1992. Siting hazardous facilities and communicating risks under conditions of high social distrust, Journal of Social Issues 48(4):161-187.

 

Tuler, S., Kasperson, R. E., and Ratick, S. June 1988. The effects of human reliability on risk in the transportation of spent nuclear fuel. Report prepared for the Nevada Nuclear Waste Policy Office and Mountain West Research, Inc. by the Center for Technology, Environment, and Development, Clark University, Worcester, MA. 217 pgs.