Value of information in natural resource management: technical developments and application to pink-footed geese

Ecology and Evolution
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Abstract

The “value of information” (VOI) is a generic term for the increase in value resulting from better information to guide management, or alternatively, the value foregone under uncertainty about the impacts of management (Yokota and Thompson, Medical Decision Making 2004;24: 287). The value of information can be characterized in terms of several metrics, including the expected value of perfect information and the expected value of partial information. We extend the technical framework for the value of information by further developing the relationship between value metrics for partial and perfect information and describing patterns of their performance. We use two different expressions for the expected value of partial information to highlight its relationship to the expected value of perfect information. We also develop the expected value of partial information for hierarchical uncertainties. We highlight patterns in the value of information for the Svalbard population of the pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus), a population that is subject to uncertainty in both reproduction and survival functions. The framework for valuing information is seen as having widespread potential in resource decision making, and serves as a motivation for resource monitoring, assessment, and collaboration.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Value of information in natural resource management: technical developments and application to pink-footed geese
Series title Ecology and Evolution
DOI 10.1002/ece3.1363
Volume 5
Issue 2
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Contributing office(s) Southeast Ecological Science Center
Description 9 p.
First page 466
Last page 474
Country Norway
Other Geospatial Svalbard
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N