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Bill Labiosa

Physical Scientist

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Dr. Bill Labiosa serves as the Regional Science Coordinator for the USGS Northwest Regional Office.  As Regional Science Coordinator, Bill develops and coordinates USGS strategic science efforts that support multi-partner management and recovery of major ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resources in the USGS Northwest Region; works closely with NW Regional science center directors, regional center scientists, and partners to develop strategic, interdisciplinary, collaborative science initiatives; and supports development and enhancement of partnerships with organizations key to the success of Department of the Interior and USGS science missions.



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My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentenvironmental assessment



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Climate Variability & Change

GIS-Based Multi-Criteria Decision Tools for Environmental Planning and Regional Ecosystems Restoration Planning

The Ecosystem Portfolio Model (EPM), a web-enabled Geographic Information System based decision support tool (http://lcat.usgs.gov/sflorida/sflorida.html, user = sflorida, password = alligator), integrates natural and social science information in a tradeoff analysis framework to assist with land use planning, proposed development review, and land use scenario exploration.  The primary objective of the EPM is to provide a framework for resource managers and planners to use to develop, assess, and communicate strategies for restoring and protecting important ecological values at risk from urban encroachment.  The EPM integrates natural science, land use, and relevant planning information to assist with land use scenario evaluation, land use planning, and ecological assessments related to land use. Users will be able to explore different land use scenarios, including restoration and development scenarios, and will be able to modify the ecological value model to test assumptions and explore tradeoffs between priorities. 

An important potential use of the tool is for communicating resource management interests and priorities in ecologically sensitive areas that face development pressure.  This project fits into my research interests in two major ways:  first, it involves decision support for a complex public decision-making situation in which conflicting values and objectives are a major obstacle.  By the use of a multi-criteria decision approach (to structure the tool) and multi-attribute utility theory (to re-scale and combine scores for individual criteria), the tool usefully and cohesively integrates scientific information with economic and social values. 


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Bill Labiosa
909 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1055
206-220-4563
206-220-4624 - Fax
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