A Decision Support System for Incorporating Land Potential Information in the Evaluation of Restoration Outcomes

TitleA Decision Support System for Incorporating Land Potential Information in the Evaluation of Restoration Outcomes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsKimiti D, Ganguli A, Herrick JE, Karl JW, Bailey DW
JournalEcological Restoration
Volume38
Issue2
Pagination94-104
Date Published06/2020
ARIS Log Number365372
KeywordsLandPKS, monitoring, restoration success, retrospective assessment
Abstract

Regular monitoring and evaluation of rangeland restoration outcomes is necessary for accountability, adaptive management throughout the restoration process, and informing future project design. Monitoring and evaluating restoration outcomes can help restoration practitioners and land managers identify restoration successes and failures. Collecting information about differences in potential vegetation productivity in restored areas can help understand and predict these different outcomes. Here, we provide a decision-tree based framework for designing monitoring programs for restoration projects. We emphasize the need to collect land potential information to help evaluate and contextualize restoration outcomes. We then highlight a mobile phone application that can be used to collect basic land potential information with minimal time and training requirements.

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