Integrated Ecological Modeling and Decision Analysis Within the Everglades Landscape
Planning for complex ecosystem restoration projects involves integrating ecological modeling with analysis of performance trade-offs among restoration alternatives. The authors used the Everglades Landscape Model and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to explore the effect of simulated ecosystem performance, risk preferences, and criteria weights on the ranking of three alternatives to restoring overland sheet flow in the Everglades. The ecological model outputs included both hydrologic and water quality criteria. Results were scored in the decision analysis framework, highlighting the trade-offs between hydrologic restoration and water quality constraints. Given equal weighting of performance measures, the alternative with more homogenous sheet flow was preferred over other alternatives, despite evidence of some localized eutrophication risk.
Fitz, H.C., G.A. Kiker, J.B. Kim. 2011. Integrated ecological modeling and decision analysis within the Everglades landscape. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 41(S1): 517-547.