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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorPierson, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorBarton, Philip
dc.contributor.authorBeger, M.
dc.contributor.authorBranquinho, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorCalhoun, Aram J.K.
dc.contributor.authorCaro, Tim
dc.contributor.authorGreig, Hamish
dc.contributor.authorGross, John
dc.contributor.authorHeino, Jani
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Malcolm L.
dc.contributor.authorLane, Peter
dc.contributor.authorLongo, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Kathy
dc.contributor.authorMcDowell, William H.
dc.contributor.authorMellin, Camille
dc.contributor.authorSalo, Hanna
dc.contributor.authorTulloch, Ayesha
dc.contributor.authorWestgate, Martin
dc.contributor.authorLindenmayer, David B
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:36:40Z
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76880
dc.description.abstractSurrogate 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 identify five trade-offs that correspond to key points of contention in the application of surrogates. We then present an 8-step Adaptive Surrogacy Framework that incorporates cross-disciplinary perspectives from a wide spectrum of the environmental sciences, aiming to unify surrogate concepts across disciplines and applications. Our synthesis of the science of surrogates is intended as a first step towards fully leveraging knowledge accumulated across disciplines, thus consolidating lessons learned so that they may be accessible to all those operating in different fields, yet facing similar hurdles.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© Elsevier 2015.
dc.rightsThis manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourceScience of the Total Environment
dc.titleA new framework for selecting environmental surrogates
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume538
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor050100 - ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS
local.identifier.absfor060200 - ECOLOGY
local.identifier.absfor060803 - Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5679
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationLindenmayer, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPierson, Jennifer, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBarton, Philip, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBeger, M., University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationBranquinho, Cristina, Universidade de Lisboa
local.contributor.affiliationCalhoun, Aram J.K., University of Maine
local.contributor.affiliationCaro, Tim, University of California
local.contributor.affiliationGreig, Hamish, University of Maine
local.contributor.affiliationGross, John, United States National Park Service
local.contributor.affiliationHeino, Jani, Finnish Environment Institute
local.contributor.affiliationHunter, Malcolm L., University of Maine
local.contributor.affiliationLane, Peter, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLongo, Catherine, University of California
local.contributor.affiliationMartin, Kathy, University of British Columbia
local.contributor.affiliationMcDowell, William H., University of New Hampshire
local.contributor.affiliationMellin, Camille, Australian Institute of Marine Science
local.contributor.affiliationSalo, Hanna, University of Turku
local.contributor.affiliationTulloch, Ayesha, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWestgate, Martin, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1029
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1038
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.056
local.identifier.absseo960599 - Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-07-26T08:17:58Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84939825802
local.identifier.thomsonID000363348900099
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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