Adaptive management of watersheds and related resources




The concept of learning about natural resources through the practice of management has been around for several decades and by now is associated with the term adaptive management. The objectives of this paper are to offer a framework for adaptive management that includes an operational definition, a description of conditions in which it can be usefully applied, and a systematic approach to its application. Adaptive decisionmaking is described as iterative, learning-based management in two phases, each with its own mechanisms for feedback and adaptation. The linkages between traditional experimental science and adaptive management are discussed.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Adaptive management of watersheds and related resources
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 7 p.
First page 27
Last page 33
Conference Title Planning for an uncertain future--Monitoring, integration, and adaptation: Proceedings of the Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds
Conference Location Estes Park, CO
Conference Date 9/08/2007
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N