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Smart Decisions Using Science and Technology

Esri International User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 2012
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Rachel Kornak, GISP

on 26 April 2013

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Transcript of Smart Decisions Using Science and Technology

What happens when all of these competing needs have to share the same space? "Public lands are supposed to allow for multiple recreational uses. Off-highway vehicle use generates billions of $ for state and local economies." Solar Energy Strike a balance using science & technology 2. Informed Process Resolve disputes over scientific or technical information. provides a defensible, technical basis for decision-making 3. Alternative
Solutions Proposed Activity See the science & processes used in decision-making Accessible Agree on:
words & their meanings
important pieces of the puzzle
how they relate to each other Technical experts translate into computer readable language & models 1. Joint Fact Finding Proposed Recovery Actions Change in Risk to
Population + 3 3 -9 3-9 = -6 Calculate Changes in Risk Evaluate the Effects of a Particular Proposal on the Landscape... Prioritize Recovery Actions Tool help users to understand, evaluate, and monitor the cumulative effects of multiple activities on tortoise recovery. Diagram Complex Ecological Systems ...which is governed by multiple agencies? Corporations & Jobs Recreation Policy & Politics Desert Tortoise Multiple Perspectives Multiple Stakeholders Decisions
Using Science and Technology Rachel Kornak, GISP rnk114@psu.edu Transparent Data Models Sources Positive Values for Activities that Increase Risk Negative Values for Activities that Decrease Risk The Challenge Share data and knowledge.
Evaluate impacts of proposed activities on the tortoise.
Prioritize, track, and evaluate recovery actions. Spatial Decision Support System Smart Solution Inform
Decisions Engage
Stakeholders Encourage
Collaboration Access
Information Understand
Impacts Explore
Alternatives Cooperative
Research & Development Cultural
Preservation Natural
Resource
Managment Economic
Analysis Energy &
Infrastructure Budget &
Resource Allocation GeoDesign Tough
Challenges Spatial Decision Scientific
Facts Modeling Expert
Opinion Multi-Criteria
Decision Analysis Support Systems Proven Process GIS + Big
Data Who We Are What We Do Case Study Climate
Change Case Study Mohave Desert, California Lessons Learned Opening data invites more scrutiny.
Official data vs. field data.
Data from multiple sources doesn't always mesh.
Not everyone wants flashy technology - paper is sometimes better.
Decision makers need to be involved in the process to trust the system and its conclusions. Find a balance between clean energy and tortoise recovery.
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