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English: Horizon scanning

Glossary Element  Horizon scanning

Horizon scanning is a key foresight method for identifying possible future drivers of change that are at the margins of current thinking and acting, and the potential challenges, opportunities, and threats that may be generated by these developments. Horizon scanning aims to provide early warning about important changes and to detect weak signals that can challenge present assumptions and provide new perspectives on future threats and opportunities. The main use of horizon scanning is providing basic evidence for scenario building. Synonym is environmental scanning.