HEMA Theme 4: Decision Support Systems
Connecting science to stakeholders who use information from research can be accomplished a variety of ways. This Diffusion of Innovations can occur through the development of online decision support systems that provide decision makers with information and tools that can customize information generated from research in a user friendly format. Building decision support systems that span multiple units of governments can also reduce costs associated with information acquisition and data processing. Indeed, a majority of costs associated with land use planning and natural resource management is in data acquisition and processing.
Our decision support systems (DSS) are linked to GIS (geographic information systems) and spatial models (e.g., land use forecast models). DSSs are an integral component of the following HEMA projects:
Partnering for Land Use Sustainability (PLUS)
The Local Decision Maker (LDM) tool for Indiana is currently being accessed by nearly all counties in Indiana. Several use the tool on a regular basis and have incorporated its use in its Master Planning process. LDM contains hundreds of GIS layers related to the environment, economic development, and human health. Decision support information, in the form of useful essays, extension bulletins and wen links provides local government planning units with a wealth of information online.
Tipping Points and Land Use & Agricultural Indicators
Natural resource managers at local to regional scales are in need of tools that allow them to prioritize their limited resources to certain areas. Having information about “how far a location is from a tipping point” and how “one location compares to another” is at the heart of a decision support tool for the Great Lakes basin. This regional decision maker is being funded by NOAA and EPA to help bring research to regional assessment of land use impacts on water quality in the Great Lakes basin.
Integrating the main concepts of Local Decision Maker with that of Purdue’s novel hub technologies is one aim of the Chicago ULTRA-Ex Project. Hub technologies allow a variety of users to collaborate online. Researchers, students, decision makers can all come to together in a virtual environment to share ideas about policy needs, research advancements and ways that people can learn about our understanding of how humans impact ecosystem services in urban environments.
Land Use Technology Portal
Our NSF III-XT Data to Knowledge project aims to provide easy access to tools, models and data used to examine the impacts of land use change on decision making. Tools and data that we are making available include: (1) updates to the LTM scripts; (2) acoustic data for Midwestern ecosystems; (3) R scripts used to process acoustic data; (4) database management tools like Pumillo; and (5) tutorials associated with tools, models and databases developed as part of the project.
Last updated by BCP on February 26, 2011
Last updated March 6, 2011