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Coastal Landscape Response to Sea-Level Rise Assessment for the Northeastern United States

Diagram of structured decision making workshop outcomes.

Figure 6. Problem statement, objectives, and alternative actions defined by DOI collaborators using structured decision making framework.

Alternative Text:  The coastal response predictions we provide are central to the SDM decision-problem, objectives, and alternative management actions. The decision-problem as defined in the September 2012 workshop is to “optimize the allocation of conservation efforts in a spatially explicit manner in order to sustain ecological values of beaches/tidal marshes across the NALCC in the face of storm impacts and sea-level rise.” The objectives, which if achieved, ensure the decision-problem is being solved, are three-fold: 1) to ensure sustainable conservation of ecosystem services; 2) to ensure persistence of native habitats; and 3) to ensure persistence of native species. Alternative management actions that participants identified could be taken to meet these objectives include: 1) acquire new habitat to provide for future buffering; 2) manage new habitat for transition; 3) acquire existing habitat; 4) manage existing habitat for resiliency. The coastal response predictions identify whether an area will persist, be altered, or become submerged in the future. Such information is key to supporting both SDM objectives and management actions.

 

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