11.375 Role of Science and Scientists in Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Policymaking

As taught in: Spring 2006

GeoMAC fire mapping tool.

The USGS has developed an Internet-based mapping tool referred to as Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (GeoMAC) to support collaborative decision-making by fire coordination centers. (Image courtesy of the USGS.)




Dr. Herman Karl

Course Description

This course examines joint fact-finding within the context of adaptive and ecosystem-based management. Challenges and obstacles to collaborative approaches for deciding environmental and natural resource policy and the institutional changes within federal agencies necessary to utilize joint fact-finding as a means to link science and societal decisions are discussed and reviewed with scientists and managers. Senior-level federal policymakers also participate in these discussions.