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Reply to ‘The emergence of a new kind of relativism in environmental modelling: a commentary’ by P. Baveye.

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Journal publication date8/07/2004
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Number of pages5
Original languageEnglish


This article is a response to a comment by Baveye in which he invites me to expand on the use of the word relativism in the context of environmental models. Limitations to a classical statistical approach to model (as realist hypothesis) falsification are discussed. It is concluded that environmental modelling must necessarily be operator dependent and relativist, even while being conducted in a context of pragmatic realism.