Decision Analysis for NRDA Restoration Planning

Project Overview of Decision Analysis for Coastal Restoration

As part of this Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) effort, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) program needed to define coastal restoration objectives and evaluation criteria for California coastal dunes after a chemical spill.  In addition, they needed the public’s support for restoration decisions and wanted to assess the impact of potential stakeholder intervention.

USFWS and OSPR asked Aquabio to use decision analysis to help the group of stakeholders define and prioritize their coastal restoration objectives.

Aquabio's Role

  • Developed a group decision analysis framework for coastal dunes restoration planning
  • Identified, analyzed, and recommended options for public participation during the coastal dunes restoration planning process
  • Used decision tree methods as part of the decision analysis framework to assess the potential impact of stakeholder intervention.

Results of the Decision Analysis Process

  • Group multi-attribute decision analysis systems were used to select appropriate evaluation criteria for coastal dunes restoration objectives and trustee agency policy
  • Analysis of the impact of various alternative scenarios for public participation in NRDA restoration planning using decision trees and other decision analysis techniques


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