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IonE Brown Bag w/ Melissa Kenney
April 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Sustainable Human-Environmental System Decisions Given Climate Change
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
LES Building R-350
Melissa Kenney, IonE’s new Associate Director of Knowledge Initiatives, will discuss several previous and future efforts where she has co-designed integrated models and decision support systems that incorporate multiple disciplinary insights, engage stakeholders, and quantify management relevant consequences.
“Decisions are a combination of scientific facts or predictions and decision-makers’ or society’s values. There are a few cases where the scientifically assessed consequences of different options lead to a clear solution, but more often there are multiple, competing objectives, incompatible stakeholders’ values and objective weights, and uncertainty about quantifying the consequences (positive and negative) of different choices. As a result, it is important to both understand the problems and develop methods that can help to make difficult decisions less complex. In this talk, I will discuss several efforts where I have co- designed integrated models and decision support systems that incorporate multiple disciplinary insights and quantify management relevant consequences. Inspired by current environmental problems, my team’s work has focused on identifying optimal watershed restoration options, setting water quality standards, quantifying the benefits eutrophication reductions, assessing the ecosystem services of stream and environmental restoration, and developing indicator information systems to support a range of diverse climate adaptation decisions. Building on these insights, over the next several years my research program is funded or has proposed research on 1) participatory resilience indicators to support climate adaptation; 2) reducing failure time of interdependent infrastructure by focusing on decision-making; 3) improving ecological forecasts for use in environmental management; and 4) evaluating decision support systems, both processes and tools. Through this work, I seek to support evidence- based decision-making by bridging the gap between scientific results and outputs needed for water resources, sustainability, and climate decision-making.”