Integrating environmental and health considerations into planning and decision making, across geographic scales and sectors, is essential to ensure .. Read more preparedness, mitigation, adaptation, and community resilience. The related increase in the application of novel techniques and tools to manage and make sense of this data is seamlessly increasing the information available, particularly through systematic online interfaces, to support assessments and decisions. These advancements are potentially strengthening and bolstering impact assessment, planning, and decision making practice through the delivery of evidence-based, spatially robust, and transparent information. Can we learn from past and recent experiences and take a more proactive approach to effectively making use of the growing flow of spatio-temporal data and technological innovation to enhance assessments and decisions? Against the backdrop of digital and technological progress and increasing global environmental, health and social challenges, this conference aims to explore related scientific, technological, and governance developments to reflect on whether the impact assessment community is getting any smarter at bridging the science and art of impact assessment. Do we understand what the “right” information is for decision-makers and, indeed, how data and methodological innovation are influencing decisions? Or do we remain in the status quo?.
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