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Changing management policy is a long-term commitment, and there are many challenges specific to integrating ecosystems services into management and decision-making practice.
We developed a guide to assist natural scientists in understanding the philosophical basis of social science to support the meaningful interpretation of social research outcomes. The 3 fundamental elements of research are ontology, what exists in the human world that researchers can acquire knowledge about; epistemology, how knowledge is created; and philosophical perspective, the philosophical orientation of the researcher that guides her or his action. Many elements of the guide also apply to the natural sciences.
Many members of the scientific community attempt to convey information to policymakers and the public. Much of this information is ignored or misinterpreted. This article describes why these outcomes occur and how science communicators can achieve better outcomes. The article focuses on two challenges associated with communicating scientific information to such audiences. One challenge is that people have less capacity to pay attention to scientific presentations than many communicators anticipate. A second challenge is that people in politicized environments often make different choices about whom to believe than do people in other settings.
This tool is designed for generating a visual understanding for applying human dimension findings to managerial concerns. PCI includes tools for calculating, comparing, and graphing bipolar scales estimating the amount of consensus for variables of interest, and could be used for evaluating non conflict situations as well.
The Landsat program has been collecting and archiving moderate resolution earth imagery since 1972. The number of Landsat users and uses has increased exponentially since the enactment of a free and open data policy in 2008, which made data available free of charge to all users. Benefits from the information Landsat data provides vary from improving environmental quality to protecting public health and safety and informing decision makers such as consumers and producers, government officials and the public at large. Although some studies have been conducted, little is known about the total benefit provided by open access Landsat imagery. This report contains a set of case studies focused on the uses and benefits of Landsat imagery. The purpose of these is to shed more light on the benefits accrued from Landsat imagery and to gain a better understanding of the program’s value.
This study uses focus groups and case study research involving stakeholder representatives to revise the four zones and management system within the Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve on the west coast of Barbados.
The Land Use Portfolio Model (LUPM) is a tool for modeling, mapping, and communicating risk. It is designed to help public agencies and communities understand and reduce their vulnerability to, and risk of, natural hazards.
Keypad polling is an audience response system software that provides a number of key polling and meeting support tools used to enhance training and decision making.
The NatureServe Data, Maps & Tools collection is the place to find the data on the status and location of species and ecosystems, tools that support data use and analysis, and scientific and technical expertise.
CommunityViz is advanced yet easy-to-use GIS software designed to help people visualize, analyze and communicate about important land-use decisions.