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INHS Seminar | Confronting uncertainty: The role of structured decision making (SDM) in natural resource management

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Illinois Natural History Survey Seminar Committee
1005 Forbes Natural History Building, 1816 S Oak Street, Champaign
Jan 23, 2018   4:00 pm  
Katherine O’Donnell, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, USGS, Gainesville, FL
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Structured decision-making (SDM) is described as “a formal application of common sense for situations too complex for the informal use of common sense.” Conservation management decisions can be difficult because of data deficiencies, disagreements among stakeholders, and decision paralysis (i.e., delays in implementing actions due to uncertainty). This talk will provide an overview of SDM—a process that decomposes a decision into key components: problem identification, management objectives, potential actions, prediction models, and optimization processes that reconcile tradeoffs. I will present several case studies that illustrate how SDM is used to make natural resource management decisions in spite of uncertainty.

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