Ecosystem Management Decision Support


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The Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system is an application framework for knowledge-based decision support of ecological analysis and planning at any geographic scale.

EMDS integrates state-of-the-art geographic information system (GIS) as well as logic programming and decision modeling technologies in the Microsoft Windows environment to provide decision support for a substantial portion of the adaptive management process of ecosystem management.

EMDS uses Criterium DecisionPlus from InfoHarvest, Inc. and NetWeaver from Rules of Thumb, Inc. as core components. The NetWeaver component performs logic-based evaluation of environmental data, and logically synthesizes evaluations to infer the state of landscape features such as watersheds (e.g., watershed condition). The DecisionPlus component prioritizes landscape features with respect to user-defined management objectives (e.g., watershed restoration), using summarized outputs from NetWeaver as well as additional logistical information considered important to the decision maker(s). See the #Applications section below for a current list of published papers by application area.

EMDS was originally developed by the United States Forest Service, but is currently being maintained by the Redlands Institute of the University of Redlands.

Several citations provide extensive background on the EMDS system and its potential applications. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


[edit] Applications

  1. Watershed analysis[8][9][10][11][12][13]
  2. Wetlands management[14]
  3. Design and siting of ecological reserves[15][16]
  4. Conservation[17][18][19]
  5. Land classification[20][21]
  6. Landscape restoration[22][23][24]
  7. Wildlife habitat management[25][26][27][28][29]
  8. Urban growth and development[30][31]
  9. Evaluation of wildland fire danger[32]
  10. Ecosystem sustainability[33][34][35]

[edit] Citations

  1. Reynolds, 2001a
  2. Reynolds, 2001b
  3. Reynolds, 2002a
  4. Reynolds, 2002b
  5. Reynolds, 2003
  6. Reynolds, 2005b
  7. Reynolds, 2005c
  8. Bleier et al., 2003
  9. Dai et al., 2004
  10. Gallo et al., 2005
  11. Reeves et al., 2003
  12. Reynolds and Peets, 2001
  13. Reynolds et al., 2000
  14. Janssen et al., 2005
  15. Bourgeron et al., 2003
  16. Stoms et al., 2002
  17. Manzuli, 2005
  18. White et al., 2005
  19. Humphries et al., 2008
  20. Cheng, 2004
  21. Wang et al., 2004a
  22. Hessburg et al., 2004
  23. Reynolds and Hessburg, 2005
  24. Stolle et al., 2007
  25. Girvetz and Shilling, 2003
  26. Heaton et al., 2008
  27. Leuteritz, 2006
  28. Redlands Institute, 2004
  29. Wang et al., 2004b
  30. Johnston et al., 2002
  31. Puente et al., 2007
  32. Hessburg et al., 2007
  33. Reynolds et al., 2003
  34. Reynolds, 2005a
  35. Reynolds et al., 2008

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