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Title: Ecosystem restoration objectives and metrics
Authors: McKay, S. Kyle.
Linkov, Igor.
Fischenich, J. Craig, 1962-
Miller, Sarah J.
Valverde, L. James
Keywords: Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)
Ecosystem management
Restoration ecology--Planning
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Note (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-16
Abstract: Managers and practitioners working to restore ecosystems require means to analyze complex trade-offs in a quantifiable, rational, consistent, and transparent manner. Metrics are measurable properties that quantify the degree to which objectives have been achieved. In this way, metrics measure progress toward goals and objectives, raise awareness and understanding, and inform restoration decision making. Quantitative comparisons of alternatives, assessments of tradeoffs, and evaluations of investments cannot proceed without metrics. This paper summarizes the scientific principles and best practices for the development and application of metrics with respect to three topics: (1) setting objectives within a decision hierarchy spanning project, regional, and national scales; (2) developing metrics corresponding to objectives; and (3) comparing and combining metrics to facilitate decision making. The proposed principles and practices are then applied to a hypothetical case study regarding restoration of river-floodplain connectivity.
Description: Technical Note
Gov't Doc #: ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-16
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Size: 19 pages/504 KBs
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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