Decision Making Tools - A Collection by USDA Climate Hubs


South Dakota FarmingThe list of decision making tools to assist and support decision making is compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Climate Hubs. All tools examine or model situations in forests, farmland, and regional watersheds with mixed land use.

Several tools focus on specific sectors of agriculture and can provide imagery and model estimates for management practice in:

  • crop sequences
  • livestock impact
  • soil nutrient tracking
  • pest management
  • overall vegetation patterns

Other tools focus on the land patterns and provide models demonstrating:

  • drought conditions and forecasting
  • erosion patterns
  • watershed trends
  • wind patterns
  • fire, fuels, and potential disaster recovery

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Related Methods

GIS is a compilation of hardware, software, and data that enables users to manipulate, analyze, and display geographically referenced information. GIS is used to document human use patterns, identifying culturally sensitive areas, prioritizing regions for additional public access, or highlighting demographic trends within a community.
A needs assessment is a systematic investigation of audiences and issues.
Predictive modeling is a technique that creates a model that can be used to project the future of hypothetical conditions. Models can be used to compare predicted impacts vs. actual impacts of a behavior or to perform an experiment that would not be feasible in the real world.

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The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.