A multiple index environmental quality evaluation and management system. Application to a golf course

Steve Thien, Steve Starrett, Robert Robel, Patrick Shea, Dave Gourlay, Cal Roth

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Abstract

A method for evaluating environmental quality of large-scale landscapes that bridges scientific research and public use is in great demand. Resource managers, industry and community planners, government policy-makers, and scientists all support an improved environment, but connections between processes, remediation, and management aren't always readily available or understandable to such a diverse community. This paper describes a versatile, simplified, science-based system for making environmental quality assessments and linking outcomes to remedial management. This complex goal becomes attainable by: establishment and use of appropriate scientific databanks, determination of targets for acceptable and unacceptable impact on critical ecosystem functions, simplified visual integration of many indicators, and linkage to management databases. The process is being developed by a multi-disciplinary study of a grassland ecosystem converted for use as a golf course. The system can be easily customized to local conditions and has wide-range application to many types of natural and managed ecosystems. Copyright ASCE 2004.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBridging the Gap
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
EventWorld Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 20 2001May 24 2001

Publication series

NameBridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001
Volume111

Conference

ConferenceWorld Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/20/015/24/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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    Thien, S., Starrett, S., Robel, R., Shea, P., Gourlay, D., & Roth, C. (2004). A multiple index environmental quality evaluation and management system. Application to a golf course. In Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001 (Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001; Vol. 111). https://doi.org/10.1061/40569(2001)348