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Decision science and data tools

A significant challenge to NGOs, businesses and governments in measuring and valuing biodiversity is a lack of standardized biodiversity assessment sets and indicators. The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes works to integrate disparate data and develop decision tools to account for the full suite of specific risks that agencies working in particular sectors face.

Through our partnership with the ASU Decision Theater, we can provide data and analytics in custom, user-defined formats. These formats can range from traditional presentations of data and results to more advanced, interactive decision-making tools.

Examples of recently implemented decision-support tools include those with applications in marine fisheries, oil and gas exploration and platform decommissioning, freshwater supply, agriculture and supply chain management.

Our Tools

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Assessing the cost of conservation intervention

The Conservation Intervention Cost Data Portal is a tool hosted by the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, which provides resources to help scientists and practitioners identify and report on conservation intervention cost data and enable cost-effective conservation practice.

Big data and biodiversity

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is partnering with the ASU Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center to integrate big data in biodiversity decision-making.

Leah Gerber Beckett Sterner

Decision science for endangered species pesticide risk assessment

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is working with Bayer to develop a decision-making tool to enable them to estimate the range of potential operational, reputational, legal and regulatory risks associated with compliance with the U. S. Endangered Species Act.

Gwen Iacona Steffen Eikenberry Leah Gerber

Endangered Species Recovery

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes has partnered with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a tool to compare different funding allocation strategies for actions to recover endangered species. This tool is called the Endangered Species Recovery Explorer. This work was motivated, in part, by recognition from USFWS of past critiques of its recovery allocation process.

Gwen Iacona Leah Gerber Michael Runge

Fisheries supply management

This project seeks to organize a community of practice, comprised of human rights and fisheries experts and practitioners, to catalyze the systematic integration of social responsibility into seafood supply chains.

Elena Finkbeiner Katie Cramer Kevin Dooley Leah Gerber Jack Kittinger Kailin Kroetz

Mainstreaming biodiversity in the business sector

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is working with several partners to bring together biodiversity data from multiple sources and create new methods to integrate the data into corporate decision-making.

K. Selcuk Candan Leah Gerber Beth Polidoro Nico Franz

Marine Biodiversity and Petrochemical Vulnerability in the Gulf of Mexico

GoMex Explorer is a spatial decision-support tool for marine biodiversity and petrochemical vulnerability in the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem, or LME. A fundamental understanding of how multiple stressors impact marine organisms in the Gulf of Mexico is critical to the development of effective management, restoration, recovery and mitigation initiatives for living marine resources.

Beth Polidoro Steven Saul

Plastic pollution and biodiversity risk

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is a member of the Plastic Pollution Emissions Working Group. PlasticPEG, who is supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, is developing a global model that will estimate the efficacy of varying marine plastic pollution intervention strategies.

Leah Gerber Beth Polidoro

Return on investment in biodiversity conservation

Global biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate, due in part to a significant shortfall in funding for conservation actions. This research seeks to answer, “How much does it cost to achieve a conservation outcome?”

Leah Gerber Gwen Iacona

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