Developing an ecosystem services online decision support tool to assess the impacts of climate change and urban growth in the santa cruz watershed; where we live, work, and play

Laura Norman, Nita Tallent-Halsell, William Labiosa, Matt Weber, Amy McCoy, Katie Hirschboeck, James Callegary, Charles van Riper, Floyd Gray

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Abstract

Using respective strengths of the biological, physical, and social sciences, we are developing an online decision support tool, the Santa Cruz Watershed Ecosystem Portfolio Model (SCWEPM), to help promote the use of information relevant to water allocation and land management in a binational watershed along the U.S.-Mexico border. The SCWEPM will include an ES valuation system within a suite of linked regional driver-response models and will use a multicriteria scenario-evaluation framework that builds on GIS analysis and spatially-explicit models that characterize important ecological, economic, and societal endpoints and consequences that are sensitive to climate patterns, regional water budgets, and regional LULC change in the SCW.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2044-2069
Number of pages26
JournalSustainability
Volume2
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Arid lands
  • Climate change
  • Decision support tool
  • Drought
  • Drylands
  • Ecosystem portfolio model
  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental justice
  • Socio-ecologic vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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