Short Course On Adaptive Management Of Natural Resources

This course is designed to expose scientists and managers to the basic components and process of adaptive management. This approach is relevant to any sort of management decision that is repeated over time and may be useful in some cases with spatially replicated, one-time decisions. The course begins with a discussion of structured decision making, an umbrella process of which adaptive management is a special case. It then focuses on the key elements of structured decision making and adaptive management: objectives, potential management actions, models of system behavior, optimization methods, and monitoring programs. It discusses approaches for selecting appropriate objectives, how general objectives can be formalized into explicit objective functions, management actions for different classes of problems, development of models designed to project the consequences of the potential management actions on system behavior, optimization methods to identify decisions that are optimal with respect to the management objectives, a general approach to developing a monitoring program, as well as the specific roles of resulting data in the decision process. It shows how these components combine in the adaptive management process.

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