Training in Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management

Science Center Objects

The goal of this project is to educate resource professionals in the tools and techniques of structured decision making and adaptive management.

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The Science Issue and Relevance: Researchers and managers often find it difficult to work together to design useful decision-support tools. This difficulty often stems from a failure to structure decision processes in a systematic way, i.e., bounding and focusing the debate over choices, outcomes, and values. This goal of this project is to educate resource professionals in the tools and techniques of structured decision making and adaptive management.

Methods for Addressing the Issue: In collaboration with the University of Florida, we will develop a curriculum in decision analysis that can be taken by graduate student and resource professionals. We will also contribute to the development of learning aids for researchers and managers interested in applying decision-analytic approaches (e.g., books, workshops, PowerPoint presentations, journal articles).

Future Steps: One introductory course has been developed and offered in resource decision-making via distance learning at the University of Florida. Several manuscripts are being developed in collaboration with the Cooperative Research Units and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to expand the theory of decision science as it pertains to concepts of resilient ecosystems and robust decision making under severe uncertainty.