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A new framework for selecting environmental surrogates

Pierson, Jennifer; Barton, Philip; Beger, M.; Branquinho, Cristina; Calhoun, Aram J.K.; Caro, Tim; Greig, Hamish; Gross, John; Heino, Jani; Hunter, Malcolm L.; Lane, Peter; Longo, Catherine; Martin, Kathy; McDowell, William H.; Mellin, Camille; Salo, Hanna; Tulloch, Ayesha; Westgate, Martin; Lindenmayer, David B


Surrogate concepts are used in all sub-disciplines of environmental science. However, controversy remains regarding the extent to which surrogates are useful for resolving environmental problems. Here, we argue that conflicts about the utility of surrogates (and the related concepts of indicators and proxies) often reflect context-specific differences in trade-offs between measurement accuracy and practical constraints. By examining different approaches for selecting and applying surrogates, we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Science of the Total Environment
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.056
Access Rights: Open Access


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