Collaboration in Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)/GIS-Based Decision Support Systems
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 8:30am 10:00am

Philip Murphy, Ph.D. (Moderator), InfoHarvest, Inc.
Paul Burgess, The Redlands Institute
Naicong Li, University of Redlands
Catherine R. Darst, Ph.D., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Austin McInerny, MRP, AICP, Center for Collaborative Policy

Track: Technology, Tools and Innovations in ECR

This session will provide an introduction to Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in the context of Decision Support Systems (DSS), a case example of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) desert tortoise recovery planning process and a description of the underlying MCDA/GIS system architecture. Panelists will link MCDA DSS systems to ECR and show that the system requires collaboration at every point - data gathering (threats, recovery actions), knowledge gathering (threats linkage, mortality mechanisms), decision prioritization (recovery actions, budgets) and monitoring. Feedback will be sought from the audience on the feasibility of this collaboration, the challenges we face and ways to improve the approach.

Primary Target Audience(s): Corporate Entities/Resource Users Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal) Non-governmental Organizations

Overview of the Session on MCDA and Collaboration