Decision-Making under Uncertainty in the Conservation of Biological Diversity

EPA Grant Number: R825311
Title: Decision-Making under Uncertainty in the Conservation of Biological Diversity
Investigators: Solow, Andrew R. , Camm, Jeffrey , Csuti, Blair , O'Connor, Raymond , Polasky, Stephen
Current Investigators: Solow, Andrew R.
Institution: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution , Oregon State University , University of Maine , University of Idaho , University of Cincinnati
Current Institution: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: October 15, 1996 through October 14, 1998
Project Amount: $271,463
RFA: Decision-Making and Valuation for Environmental Policy (1996) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Environmental Justice


The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate methods for setting species conservation priorities when information is incomplete. The project is organized around the general problem of selecting a subset of potential sites for the establishment of biological reserves. The research will focus on three specific issues: (1) estimating the probability that a species is present within a particular site; (2) based on these probabilities, identifying the subset of potential reserve sites with maximal expected species coverage; and (3) exploring the extent to which species number serves as a reasonable proxy for more refined measures of biological diversity. Alternative approaches will be evaluated in a sequence of experiments using a modified version of the North American Breeding Bird Survey data set. The project is expected to result in a set of practical methods that can be used to guide conservation decision making.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 12 publications for this project

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this project: View all 9 journal articles for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

valuation, contingent valuation, willingness to pay, RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, decision-making, Social Science, Economics & Decision Making, contingent valuation, ecosystem valuation, policy analysis, social psychology, surveys, compensation, biodiversity option values, valuation, community involvement, decision analysis, economic benefits, incentives, valuing environmental quality, environmental assets, conservation, environmental values, preference formation, standards of value, cost benefit, environmental policy, North American Breeding Bird Survey, community-based, psychological attitudes, public values, public policy, willingness to pay, interviews, economic objectives

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1997 Progress Report
  • Final Report