Ecological Causal Assessment

Susan B. Norton, Susan M. Cormier, Glenn W. Suter II

October 29, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 516 Pages - 5 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439870136 - CAT# K13223
Series: Environmental Assessment and Management


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  • Explains how to determine the causes of environmental damage
  • Provides current causal philosophies to environmental problem solving
  • Opines on building defensible and persuasive causal arguments, and on spotting the flaws in others’ arguments
  • Offers instruction on formulating a causal assessment to achieve success
  • Applies statistical techniques to develop causal evidence
  • Introduces experts who explain causal assessment using real environmental problems


Edited by experts at the leading edge of the development of causal assessment methods for more than two decades, Ecological Causal Assessment gives insight and expert guidance on how to identify cause-effect relationships in environmental systems. The book discusses the importance of asking the fundamental question "Why did this effect happen?" before moving on to "How can we fix it?"

The book provides a deeper understanding of different philosophical and analytical approaches, and of cognitive tendencies that can lead to errors. It describes formal processes for causal assessment that are particularly helpful when the situation is complex or contentious. It also describes how to approach the analysis of available data and to optimize collection efforts. The text then details a transparent process that helps others replicate results and can be used to convince skeptics that the true cause has been identified. Several detailed case studies show how to apply the process to streams, watersheds, and a terrestrial wildlife population.

Causal assessment is a challenging, but endlessly fascinating endeavor. Success requires the persistence to figure things out and solid strategies for using the information that you have and getting more of the right kind of information that you need. This book gives you just that: the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to successfully unravel tough environmental problems and build the knowledge base for effective management solutions.

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