Inventory of Conflict and Environment
The Inventory of Conflict and Environment (ICE) is a research project of the School of International Service
School of International Service
The School of International Service is American University's school of advanced international study in the areas of international politics, international communication, development, international economic relations, peace and conflict resolution, global environmental politics, and U.S...

 (SIS) at American University
American University
American University is a private, Methodist, liberal arts, and research university in Washington, D.C. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on December 5, 1892 as "The American University", which was approved by President Benjamin Harrison on February 24, 1893...

 in Washington, D.C. The project makes use of computer applications in international relations research; ICE is evolving as a pattern matching tool. ICE establishes a perspective in which disaggregated data is combined with geographic information systems in the study of conflicts.

ICE Case studies are sets of categorical research projects meant to spur further research in specific areas of international dispute. The ICE cases are related to SIS's Trade and Environment Database project (TED). Since 1991, the TED and ICE projects have produced over a range of case study projects. Among the practical uses of such case studies, ICE provides information on environmental refugees and related issues.

Search engine

ICE project is an evolving search engine and a tool for looking at international conflicts in the context of events and in contexts of similar and/or different typologies.

The ICE system identifies the elements of conflict as aspects of a parsed scenario. Using ICE, an evaluation of any specific event or series of events facilitates consideration of an array of factors, such as

  1. Continent
  2. Region
  3. Country
  4. Habitat
  5. Environ Problem
  6. Scope

  1. Trigger
  2. Type
  3. Outcome
  4. Conflict Level
  5. Time Period
  6. Duration

The "inferential" ICE search engine offers a pattern matching system and an additional weighting component for the researcher's evaluation and analysis.


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