Management decisions about where to undertake restoration work are complex. A summarised and simplified version of the problem of deciding on the locations for restoration work within the City of Gold Coast requires consideration of:
- the annual budget
- the internal resources that are available
- the capacity of external resources
- the capabilities of different restoration teams
- choice of 258 work areas (approximately 1,500ha) within 800 conservation parks (approximately 12,494 ha), resulting in 363,605 different work area possibilities within the conservation estate
- uncertainties about probability of success
- uncertainties around recovery rates and how individual sites will respond to treatments
- limited weed distribution data
- a wide range of objectives, and
- a range of treatment options
- Develop and apply a formal process for specifying restoration objectives to replace ad hoc restoration decisions
- Develop a decision support tool that schedules restoration investment among different ecosystems through time while also considering uncertainty and risk
- Quantify trade-offs between restoration objectives
The objectives of the broader Linkage Projects scheme are to:
- support the initiation and/or development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and other organisations;
- provide opportunities for researchers to pursue internationally competitive research in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector, targeting those who have demonstrated a clear commitment to high-quality research; and
- encourage growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system.
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