Coastal management decisions are complex and include challenging tradeoffs. Decision science offers a useful framework to address such complex problems. We illustrate the process with several coastal restoration studies. Our capstone example is based on a recent barrier island restoration assessment project at Dauphin Island, Alabama, which included the development of geomorphological and ecological models that forecast environmental changes over a 10 year time period from 2015 to 2025. The proposed framework aims to serve as a tool to assist coastal managers with the process of restoration. Specifically, we discuss the importance of considering concepts and techniques from ecology, coastal geology, geomorphology, climate science, oceanography and decision analysis when developing conservation plans for coastal restoration.
|Title||Data from: Decision science for management of coastal ecosystems|
|Authors||Simeon Yurek, Davina L Passeri, Nicholas M Enwright, Matthew Richardson, Julien Martin, James G Flocks, Mitchell Eaton, Sara L Zeigler, Hadi Charkhgard, Bradley J Udell, Elise R Irwin|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Wetland and Aquatic Research Center|