EPA scientists are currently involved in decision-support research with the goals of increasing our national capacity to assess and manage complex environmental problems and advancing methods for integrated assessment. The process of environmental decision making requires use of good science, transparency, stakeholder participation, and learning.
Environmental decision support requires the application of appropriate environmental databases, mapping tools, models, and economic valuation methods. EPA decision-support research will seek to provide a framework that enables understanding of the role of different participants in the decision problem, as well as the need for an adaptive assessment that responds to their decision support needs. Scientists will provide innovative, online decision support that offers EPA, regions, states, communities, and resource managers the ability to integrate programs and information, visualize outcomes of the decisions, and maximize use of diverse data, models, and tools at multiple scales to generate alternative decision options and to understand the consequences of management decisions on the sustainability of ecosystem services, their value, and human well being.
US EPA. (2009) "Ecosystem Services Decision Support: A Living Database of Existing Tools, Approaches, and Techniques for Supporting Decisions Related to Ecosystem Services – Science Brief." Publication No. EPA/600/R-09/102.
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Masoner, J.R., D.S. Burden, and T.E. Short. (2002). “Digital Geologic Map of Sherman Quadrangle, North Central Texas.” U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-264.
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