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Empowering decision-makers: A dynamic web interface for running Bayesian networks


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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are at the forefront of research that is critical for decision-making, particularly through the development of models (Bayesian networks, or BNs) that forecast coastal change. The utility of these tools outside the scientific community has been limited because they rely on expensive, technical software and a moderate understanding of statistical analyses. We proposed to convert one of our models from proprietary to freely available open-source software, resulting in a portable interactive web-interface. The resulting product will serve as a prototype to demonstrate how interdisciplinary USGS science and models can be transformed into an approachable format for decision-makers. As the project [...]


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productDescriptionThe interface infrastructure - including code, a web presence, and process documentation - for the interface itself and the open-source software underlying that interface. Code made publicly available through a GitHub repository.
productDescriptionA USGS Data Release of geospatial layers generated for precompiled scenarios.
productDescriptionA companion climate change adaptation strategy webpage on the Climate Action Tool ( that will provide descriptive information on how outputs can be used to implement on-the-ground actions
productDescriptionA report of ‘lessons learned’ for each stage of the proposed work, including lessons learned in code and interface development, migration to open-source software, and end-user feedback.
projectStatusIn Progress

Bayesian network to predict coastal change.
Bayesian network to predict coastal change.


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