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The SECI Dashboard is a USGS hosted Web-application that interfaces partner and research community engagement with the best-available USGS science related to ecosystem services. The vision of the SECI Dashboard is to serve as the USGS platform for ecosystem services outreach and communication, and to supply data, tools, and research examples to partnering DOI bureaus and other federal agencies. Forming a community of practice, targeted users of the Dashboard range from research scientists conducting technical economic valuation studies to field-level planners with limited exposure to ecosystem services. Content within the Dashboard is designed to be flexible, showcasing the ongoing SECI pilot projects and tool development,...
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When evaluating resource tradeoffs, natural resource planners, field staff, and socioeconomic analysts often require economic value estimates and other information related to resources that are not priced in conventional markets. Benefit Transfer is one methodological approach used to estimate the economic value of those non-market goods and services. Benefit Transfer uses value estimates of non-market goods and services reported in previously conducted primary studies to estimate the value of that same good or service in a policy-relevant area where a primary study has not been conducted. The Benefit Transfer Toolkit is designed to facilitate the economic valuation of multiple recreation uses and other ecosystem...
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This effort will begin late fiscal year 2016 through a cooperative agreement with the University of Vermont, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. The goals include: (1) Integrating ecosystem services data and tools into the SECI Dashboard for use in public land management decision-making; (2) Applying ecosystem services mapping and modeling capabilities at the local, regional, and national scales; and (3) Investigate common areas of data requirements between ecosystem services tools and developing research in natural capital accounting frameworks. While the ultimate goal of this effort is to achieve national scale ecosystem service models, the initial phase will focus on the development of case studies conducted...
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site was established in southeastern Washington during the 1940s to produce plutonium, and the Pantex plant in Texas (used to load conventional ammunition shells and bombs) was rehabilitated in the 1950s to assemble nuclear weapons using the plutonium produced at Hanford. Current concentrations of airborne radionuclides around the perimeters of both sites are below applicable guidelines. Concentrations of radionuclides and nonradiological water quality in the Columbia River at Hanford and radiological and nonradiological water quality in the Ogallala Aquifer beneath the Pantex plant are also in compliance with applicable standards. Foodstuffs irrigated with river water downstream...
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This effort to integrate ecosystem services into the upper Delaware River riverine environmental flow decision support system (REFDSS) began in late fiscal year 2015 as an extension of the existing collaboration between the USGS Fort Collins Science Center and the Leetown Science Center. The project is initially focused on the ecosystem service of biofiltration provided by freshwater mussels in the upper Delaware River, but could be extended at a later date to include additional ecosystem services and geographic areas. A major focus in this development effort will be developing data processing and visualization pipelines that effectively convey ecosystem services models and output to a broad range of users. The...
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