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Monday, April 9 • 4:00pm - 4:15pm
SYMPOSIA-07: Using a Digital Natural Resource Atlas to Enhance Communication and Effective Decision Making

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AUTHORS: Lucinda B. Johnson*, Rich Axler, Will Bartsch – Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth; Mae Davenport, University of Minnesota; Cynthia Hagley, Minnesota Sea Grant; George Host, George Hudak, Kristopher Johnson, Julie Oreskovich, Dean Peterson, Norm Will – Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

ABSTRACT: Sound broad-scale natural resource management decisions require access to a range of ecological, social and economic data that are often not readily available. We are developing a comprehensive web-based Natural Resource Atlas for NE Minnesota comprising geospatial data and analysis tools designed to inform resource management decisions. The goal is promote objective decision-making processes that are anchored in more complete and integrative information sources, resulting in decisions and actions that are more transparent and effective. Potential uses include prioritizing restoration or conservation sites; identifying sometimes controversial mineral, forestry, water and tourism opportunities; and providing unbiased, trustworthy data to communities, industry, businesses, and agencies for shared decision making. The system will integrate data from multiple disciplines and cover topics associated with infrastructure, socioeconomics, climate, geology, forestry, biology, water, and landscapes. Interdependencies among different data will be highlighted using map visualizations, graphical and tabular summaries, and descriptive statistics. Natural resource decision makers, managers, and stakeholders from a number of sectors of the community have been consulted throughout the planning and will help pilot test the Atlas to ensure usability and relevance. Their input will drive the design of the user interface along with the types of data analysis and visualization tools embedded. Case studies are demonstrating use of the tool and are being developed through an elicitation process with science experts. Throughout the system’s development over the past year it has become apparent that this set of tools will also be used by scientists and communicators within and outside the organization. Involving end users early in the design phase has highlighted important data gaps, and has driven the development of novel data layers, including e.g., a statewide map of mineral potential.

Monday April 9, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
LaSalle 1 (7th Floor)

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