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Monitoring the Environment: Scales, Methods, and Systems in Historical Perspective

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Monitoring the Environment: Scales, Methods, and Systems in Historical Perspective

Monitoring the Environment: Scales, Methods, and Systems in Historical Perspective

Hagley Museum and Library July 17 – 18, 2003

Sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)

The notion of environmental sustainability suggests, among other things, that a society has the capacity to monitor that which it desires to sustain. But who decides what measures of environmental quality should be sustained and how they should be monitored? And who determines what standards should be maintained and which human actions and practices should be regulated to manage those standards?

This conference will explore ways in which past decisions about monitoring the environment have unfolded, with an aim toward identifying themes and issues that historians and others might fruitfully explore. The papers being presented are listed below. For more information and a registration form, please view the file: .pdf” target=”_new”>http://www.udel.edu/History/gpetrick/envirotech/EnvMonConf.pdf

–Hugh Gorman

MONITORING THE ENVIRONMENT

THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 17 Facilitated Discussion (led by Jeffrey Stine, Hugh Gorman, and Erik Conway.)

FRIDAY JULY 18

SESSION 1: THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY

The Ringelmann Story: How a Deficient Method of Measurement Became the State of the Art for Half a Century. Frank Uekoetter (Universitaet Bielefeld)

Characterizing and Controlling Industrial Dusts: A Case Study of Small Particle Measurement. Richard S. Combes (Georgia Institute of Technology) and D. Alan Warrens (University of South Carolina)

Learning to See the Invisible: Discovery and Measurement of Photochemical Smog. Alex Farrell (University of California, Berkeley)

SESSION 2: THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS

1 to 100: Creating an Air Quality Index in Pittsburgh James Lewis Longhurst (Carnegie Mellon University)

>From Intrastate to Interstate Pollution Monitoring and Regulation. Craig E. Colten (Louisiana State University)

Leaving it to the Experts: Resisting Reductionism and the Environmental Crisis. Michael Egan (Washington State University)

Science on Trial: Introducing Environmental Data into Legal Decision-Making. Betsy Mendelsohn (University of Virginia)

SESSION 3: SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING AND MANAGING

Technically Chemical: The Land Survey as Organization and Instrument in Antebellum America. Benjamin R. Cohen (Virginia Tech)

Window from the Sky–The Impact of Satellite Monitoring on Conservation and Natural Resources. Catherine A. Christen and Peter Leimgruber (Smithsonian National Zoological Park)

Monitoring of the Urban Sea Area: The Use of Different Methods in Helsinki, Finland in the 20th Century. Simo Laakkonen & Sari Laurila (University of Helsinki)

Monitoring More than Emissions: On-Board Diagnostics in Late 20th Century Automobiles. Kevin Borg (James Madison University)

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