The need for better integration of science and decision making in environmental management is widely documented. In light of anticipated climate change and associated changes in demographics, land use, and water management practices, decision makers are confronted with the need to make major decisions in the face of high system complexity and uncertainty. The integration of useful and relevant scientific information is necessary and critical to enable informed decision-making.
Effective consideration of desired environmental conditions in river management decisions is difficult due to the myriad of physical, hydrological, and biological factors affecting these ecosystems; the complexity of interactions; the volume of relevant information, and substantial levels of uncertainty. Computer-based Decision Support Systems (DSS) can help integrate and communicate the scientific information and analyses supporting informed decision-making.
1. Understand what decision support systems are and how they can inform designs
2. Learn how the myriad of physical, hydrological, and biological factors affecting these ecosystems
3. Comprehend the complexities of the interactions of the elements of a river and how DSS clarify the information.
General Course Information
|Presenter||Chris Holmquist-Johnson, Research Hydrologist, USGS-Fort Collins Science Center; Leanne Hanson, Biologist, USGS-Fort Collins Science Center|
US State Approvals
|States: AK, AL, AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NE, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY||Yes|
|GA, MN, and SD |
**Explanation: There is no process to get courses pre-approved in your state, but there should be no issues getting this course approved.
If not approved, we will exchange it for another course or provide a full refund.
Canada Provinces and Territories
|British Columbia||Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES|
|Ontario||Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES|
Chris Holmquist-Johnson, Research Hydrologist, USGS-Fort Collins Science Center, presents this course with Leanne Hanson, Biologist, USGS-Fort Collins Science Center.
This course explains the importance of understanding the science of environmental flow in making decisions in environmental management. the presenters delve into climate change, water management, land use, and demographics, among others to help participants understand the what, hows, and whys in making major decisions.
Dr. Holmquist-Johnson, a Research Hydrologist at USGS Fort Collins Science Center’s Aquatic Systems Branch, received his Masters and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University (2001 and 2011). He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation Technical Service Center in Denver. He began his work at USGS in 2008. In 2010 and 2012
Ms. Hanson, a Biologist with the USGS Fort Collins Science Center’s Aquatic Systems Branch, earned her degrees from Colorado State University, Prescott College and Paul Smith’s College. She began working with aquatic habitat assessment, in-stream flow modeling and decision support system (DSS) development in 2004.