Ecological Causal Assessment

Ecological Causal Assessment

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Edited by experts at the leading edge of the development of causal assessment methods for more than two decades, Ecological Causal Assessment gives insight and expert guidance on how to identify cause-effect relationships in environmental systems. The book discusses the importance of asking the fundamental question qWhy did this effect happen?q before moving on to qHow can we fix it?q The book provides a deeper understanding of different philosophical and analytical approaches, and of cognitive tendencies that can lead to errors. It describes formal processes for causal assessment that are particularly helpful when the situation is complex or contentious. It also describes how to approach the analysis of available data and to optimize collection efforts. The text then details a transparent process that helps others replicate results and can be used to convince skeptics that the true cause has been identified. Several detailed case studies show how to apply the process to streams, watersheds, and a terrestrial wildlife population. Causal assessment is a challenging, but endlessly fascinating endeavor. Success requires the persistence to figure things out and solid strategies for using the information that you have and getting more of the right kind of information that you need. This book gives you just that: the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to successfully unravel tough environmental problems and build the knowledge base for effective management solutions.7. Defining. the. Case. Susan B. Norton and Glenn W. Suter II The process of formulating the problem defines an assessmenta#39;s focus and frame. It identifies the effects that will be investigated, the spatial and temporal scope of the assessment , anbsp;...


Title:Ecological Causal Assessment
Author: Susan B. Norton, Susan M. Cormier, Glenn W. Suter II
Publisher:CRC Press - 2014-10-29
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