Decision Support

Decision Support Tools (DST)

A Decision Support Tool (DST) is a spatially based computer application or data used for conveying scientific information that informs decision-making through synthesis and interpretation of quantifiable and repeatable scientific data. They provide a process for organizing existing geographical, physical, and biological data for better management of natural resources. The tools which are covered in the decision support courses are interactive, computer-based tools using information and models to improve the process or outcome of strategic conservation planning. Our decision support tools are not a ‘black box’; they do not make decisions for managers, but can be used to facilitate the efficient use of historical and existing resource information.

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Each of the free courses include: videos, readings, presentations, discussions, a course quiz, and a downloadable certificate of completion for each separate course.  You can take as many courses as you like in any order. Individual course mastery is set at 80%.  Once you achieve 80% mastery you will be prompted to download your certificate of completion


Course Image Riparian Restoration to Promote Climate Change Resilience

Riparian Restoration to Promote Climate Change Resilience

An innovative riparian planting and restoration decision support tool, funded by the Appalachian LC…
Course Image Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

The Appalachian region is rich in biodiversity that is highly threatened by energy production, deve…
Course Image Cave and Karst Resources

Cave and Karst Resources

The Classification and Mapping of Cave and Karst Resources page and the Cave and Karst Resources Ga…
Course Image Appalachian Naturescape

Appalachian Naturescape

Well-connected landscapes are necessary to sustain many of the natural and cultural resources impor…
Course Image Ecosystem Benefits and Risks

Ecosystem Benefits and Risks

Ecosystem services are the benefits people receive from nature. These are abundant in the Appalachi…
Course Image Energy Forecast Modeling

Energy Forecast Modeling

Models of wind, shale gas, and coal development for the entire study area have been created to pred…