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U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3001


Decision-Support Systems for Natural-Hazards and Land-Management Issues

By Laura Dinitz, William Forney, and Kristin Byrd

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Scientists at the USGS Western Geographic Science Center are developing decision-support systems (DSSs) for natural-hazards and land-management issues. DSSs are interactive computer-based tools that use data and models to help identify and solve problems. These systems can provide crucial support to policymakers, planners, and communities for making better decisions about long-term natural hazards mitigation and land-use planning.

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Dinitz, L., Forney, W., and Byrd, K., 2012, Decision-support systems for natural-hazards and land-management issues: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3001, 2 p. (Available at

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