U.S. Geological Survey - Science and Decisions Center
USGS Science and Decisions Center (SDC)
A healthy river is the lifeblood of a verdant terrestrial ecosystem. Credit: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.
The USGS Science and Decisions Center (SDC) is an interdisciplinary organization advancing the use of science in natural resource decision making. The Center focuses on research and applications in three science areas: decision science (adaptive management and structured decision making), ecosystem services, and resilience/sustainability. The Center works with partners in DOI and other government agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations to develop methods, capacity, and institutional structures to integrate science more effectively with resource management. SDC and its partners examine resource management issues in a context that links physical, biological, and socioeconomic systems, and accounts for uncertainty in system behaviors and the effects of management.
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The Center's ongoing projects in support of science for decision making include field studies, cooperative agreements, books, articles, and conferences.
Williams, B.K., and E.D. Brown. 2012. Adaptive Management: The U.S. Department of the Interior Applications Guide. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior.
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Advisory Committee, 12th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, National Council for Science and the Environment, Carl Shapiro and Ken Williams, members.
Applications in the Field
This page higlights applications now being implemented in the field. These applications are directly connected to thematic concerns of the Center.