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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2044-2069; doi:10.3390/su2072044
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Developing an Ecosystem Services Online Decision Support Tool to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Urban Growth in the Santa Cruz Watershed; Where We Live, Work, and Play

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Received: 2 June 2010; in revised form: 25 June 2010 / Accepted: 29 June 2010 / Published: 9 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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Abstract: Using respective strengths of the biological, physical, and social sciences, we are developing an online decision support tool, the Santa Cruz Watershed Ecosystem Portfolio Model (SCWEPM), to help promote the use of information relevant to water allocation and land management in a binational watershed along the U.S.-Mexico border. The SCWEPM will include an ES valuation system within a suite of linked regional driver-response models and will use a multicriteria scenario-evaluation framework that builds on GIS analysis and spatially-explicit models that characterize important ecological, economic, and societal endpoints and consequences that are sensitive to climate patterns, regional water budgets, and regional LULC change in the SCW.
Keywords: arid lands; climate change; decision support tool; drought; drylands; ecosystem portfolio model; ecosystem services; environmental justice; socio-ecologic vulnerability arid lands; climate change; decision support tool; drought; drylands; ecosystem portfolio model; ecosystem services; environmental justice; socio-ecologic vulnerability
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Norman, L.; Tallent-Halsell, N.; Labiosa, W.; Weber, M.; McCoy, A.; Hirschboeck, K.; Callegary, J.; Van Riper, C., III; Gray, F. Developing an Ecosystem Services Online Decision Support Tool to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Urban Growth in the Santa Cruz Watershed; Where We Live, Work, and Play. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2044-2069.

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Norman L, Tallent-Halsell N, Labiosa W, Weber M, McCoy A, Hirschboeck K, Callegary J, Van Riper C, III, Gray F. Developing an Ecosystem Services Online Decision Support Tool to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Urban Growth in the Santa Cruz Watershed; Where We Live, Work, and Play. Sustainability. 2010; 2(7):2044-2069.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Norman, Laura; Tallent-Halsell, Nita; Labiosa, William; Weber, Matt; McCoy, Amy; Hirschboeck, Katie; Callegary, James; Van Riper, Charles, III; Gray, Floyd. 2010. "Developing an Ecosystem Services Online Decision Support Tool to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Urban Growth in the Santa Cruz Watershed; Where We Live, Work, and Play." Sustainability 2, no. 7: 2044-2069.


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