Science and Decisions Center


The USGS Science and Decisions Center (SDC) is a unique and small interdisciplinary center which conducts integrated physical, biological, socioeconomic, and information science, advances decision-analytic methods in the USGS, and investigates innovative data collection and analysis methods with a goal of increasing the use and value of USGS science in decision making.

SDC Science Themes

SDC Science Themes

Focus for research and applications in four science themes crosscutting USGS mission areas and regions. 

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SDC News & Highlights

SDC News & Highlights

Latest Science and Decisions Center highlights and activities.


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SDC Seminar Series

SDC Seminar Series

The Science and Decisions Center seminars highlights topics from guest speakers who share their work associated with SDC's four science themes. 

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Date published: October 22, 2020

SACNAS Virtual Presentation

Science and Decisions Center's Innovation Specialist, Sophia B. Liu, presents at Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). 

Date published: September 15, 2020

Floodplain Ecosystem Service Mapper Released

The Floodplain Ecosystem Service Mapper is a web application that displays field site data and lidar-derived floodplain and stream channel geomorphic metrics in the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Date published: November 25, 2019

Employing an Ecosystem Services Framework to Deliver Decision Ready Science

In the November 25th issue of Advances in Ecological and Environmental Research, the Science and Decisions Center has an article entitled "Employing an Ecosystem Services Framework to Deliver Decision Ready Science". Written by Emily Pindilli, Dianna Hogan, and Zhiliang Zhu.


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Year Published: 2021

Piloting urban ecosystem accounting for the United States

In this study, we develop urban ecosystem accounts in the U.S., using the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) framework. Most ecosystem accounts focus on regional and national scales, which are appropriate for many ecosystem services. However, ecosystems provide substantial services in cities,...

Heris, Mehdi; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Rhodes, Charles R.; Troy, Austin; Middel, Ariane; Hopkins, Kristina G.; Matuszak, John

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Year Published: 2020

National ecosystem services classification system (NESCS) plus

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Newcomer-Johnson, Tammy; Andrews, Faye; Corona, Joel; DeWitt, Theodore H.; Harwell, Matthew C.; Rhodes, Charles R.; Ringold, Paul; Russell, Marc J.; Sinha, Paramita; Van Houtven, George

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Year Published: 2020

Farmer behavior under groundwater management scenarios: Implications for groundwater conservation in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain

Concern about sustained availability of fresh groundwater for agricultural use in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP) mounts as groundwater levels decline. We evaluate elasticities of demand for groundwater and other agricultural inputs, as well as overall and output specific economies of scale for four major irrigated commodities (rice, corn,...

Alhassan, Mustapha; Pindilli, Emily J.; Lawrence, Collin B