Structured Decision Making
Synopsis of Topic
There are many ways to make decisions, but for complicated projects with numerous, competing objectives it can be helpful to use a structured decision making process.
Relevant Learning Outcomes
The most relevant learning outcomes for this unit is (5), but that feeds into (1) and (3).
- Gain direct experience applying knowledge as a watershed scientist to working on real-world aquatic ecosystem restoration and management problems (e.g. stream restoration, watershed management,wetland restoration) with practitioners.
- Build a working understanding of the typical process through which restoration projects are conceived, proposed, planned, permitted and conceptually designed.
- Objectively evaluate and analyze the scientific, political, economic and feasibility tradeoffs of various approaches to restoration in a specific project context and gain an appreciation of working with diverse stakeholders. Synthesize this analysis through a planning process that prioritizes specific restoration and management actions throughout a watershed.
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Relevant or Cited Literature
- Corsair, H.J., Ruch, J.B., Zheng, P.Q., Hobbs, B.F. and Koonce, J.F., 2009. Multicriteria Decision Analysis of Stream Restoration: Potential and Examples. Group Decision and Negotiation, 18(4): 387-417. DOI: 10.1007/s10726-008-9148-4
- Kenney, M.A., Wilcock, P.R., Hobbs, B.F., Flores, N.E. and Martínez, D.C., 2012. Is Urban Stream Restoration Worth It? 1. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 48(3): 603-615.