Decision Consequence Analysis (DCA) is a framework for improving the quality of decision results. The framework is a systematic, multi-criteria quantification of uncertainties and the opportunities for managing and reducing the potential negative consequences of such uncertainties. DCA is demonstrated throughout the text for each stage of system based management of environmental issues. DCA links disciplines and incorporates components of risk modelling, probability modelling and the psychology of decision making. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive unbiased decision making framework. Its foundation is accurately defining your problem statement and clearly vetting your objectives to build a structure for meaningful analysis of data. Employment of DCA consistently throughout the environmental industry can reduce decibel-driven, agenda-laden decision making, streamline expenditure of resources (financial, human, natural), and provide a clear path to the sustainable maintenance of balanced environmental systems as the penultimate objective.
This book provides a toolbox to both the novice and experienced environmental practitioner of valuable techniques for addressing site specific environmental issues, as well as managing a portfolio of liabilities on an international scale. Ultimately, the authors are addressing the critical issue of balancing environmental asset balance sheets, whether on the scale of an individual project, across a company's portfolio, or for a community. The environmental manager who adopts the principles in this book will have greater confidence that environmental protection or restoration activities are providing measurable utility. The goal is that, through multidimensional resource management analysis and practices companies and societies can achieve sustainable maintenance of a balanced environmental system.
Descriptions of technical, contracting and implementation processes are supported by detailed case studies to provide real world context rather than an academic exchange of theories.
Techniques for addressing site specific environmental issues
Multidimensional resource management analysis
Case narrative, data base, and GIS linked
Part One: FOUNDATION FOR DECISION MAKING
1. Defining Problem and Objectives
2. Data Management and Mining
4. Remote Sensing
6. Forensics Analysis
7. Risk Analysis
Part Two: DECISION ANLYSIS
8. Alternatives Analysis - Billy
9. Uncertainty and Tradeoff Analysis
10. Robust Performance Metrics
11. DCA Model Construction
Part Three: DECISION IMPLEMENTATION
12. Sustainable Diverse Stakeholder Engagement
13. Implementation Tools
Part Four: SUSTAINABLE LIABILITY MANAGEMENT
14. Portfolio Risk Management Analysis
15. Environmental Balance Sheet