Next Article in Journal
Economic Forest Sustainability: Comparison between Lithuania and Sweden
Next Article in Special Issue
A Decision Support System for Assessing Trade-Offs between Ecosystem Management Goals: An Application in Portugal
Previous Article in Journal
Predicted Changes in Climatic Niche and Climate Refugia of Conservation Priority Salamander Species in the Northeastern United States
Previous Article in Special Issue
Participatory Goal Programming in Forest Management: An Application Integrating Several Ecosystem Services
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Forests 2015, 6(1), 27-46; doi:10.3390/f6010027

Design Features behind Success of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System and Future Development

1
US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
2
Mountain View Business Group LLC, 1283 Hibiscus St, Upland, CA 91784, USA
3
Rules of Thumb, Inc., 11817 Cedar Mill Road, North East, PA 16428, USA
4
InfoHarvest, Inc., PO Box 25155, Seattle, WA 98165-2055, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Harald Vacik
Received: 29 October 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 26 December 2014
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [2629 KB, uploaded 26 December 2014]   |  

Abstract

The Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system is an application framework for designing and implementing spatially enabled knowledge-based decision support systems for environmental analysis and planning at any geographic scale(s). The system integrates state-of-the-art geographic information system, as well as knowledge-based reasoning and decision modeling, technologies to provide decision support for the adaptive management process of ecosystem management. It integrates a logic engine to perform landscape evaluations, and a decision engine for developing management priorities. The logic component: (1) reasons about large, abstract, multi-faceted ecosystem management problems; (2) performs useful evaluations with incomplete information; (3) evaluates the influence of missing information, and (4) determines priorities for missing information. The planning component determines priorities for management activities, taking into account not only ecosystem condition, but also criteria that account for logistical concerns of potential management actions. Both components include intuitive diagnostic features that facilitate communicating modeling results to a broad audience. Features of the system design that have figured in its success over the past 20 years are highlighted, together with design features planned for the next several versions needed to provide spatial decision support for adaptive management under climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ecosystem Management Decision Support system; tiered architecture; logic modeling; multi-criteria decision analysis; workflows; provenance tracking; parallel processing; environmental analysis; environmental planning Ecosystem Management Decision Support system; tiered architecture; logic modeling; multi-criteria decision analysis; workflows; provenance tracking; parallel processing; environmental analysis; environmental planning
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Reynolds, K.; Paplanus, S.; Miller, B.; Murphy, P. Design Features behind Success of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System and Future Development. Forests 2015, 6, 27-46.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Forests EISSN 1999-4907 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top