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Louisiana Wetlands Management of wetlands needs to sustain important ecosystem functions such as providing breeding and migration habitat for waterfowl or buffering coastlines from storms. Credit: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.

Resilience is the ability of a system or a community to absorb shocks and still retain the same basic structure and functions. Management for ecological resilience seeks flexible system behaviors that can deliver ecosystem goods and services on a sustained basis.

SDC is working with external organizations including the National Research Council to advance the understanding of sustainability and the effective use of sustainability science in natural resource decision making.




The Center's ongoing projects in support of science for decision making include field studies, cooperative agreements, books, articles, and conferences.

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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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sdcUSGS Science and Decisions Center - Advancing science-based decisions about natural resource management

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Liaison Activities

Advisory Committee, 12th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, National Council for Science and the Environment, Carl Shapiro and Ken Williams, members.

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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.

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