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Topical Session 6: Developments in Methods and Software Tools for Assessment of Non-Renewable Resources

Conveners: M. J. Mihalasky (United States Geological Survey, USA), C. R. de Souza Filho (State University of Campinas, Brazil), E. J. M. Carranza (State University of Campinas, Brazil), V. Nykänen (Geological Survey of Finland, Finland), K. Rasilainen (Geological Survey of Finland, Finland)

The ability to rapidly and accurately integrate and synthesize geoscientific information in an unbiased, judicious manner is fundamental to supporting and facilitating decision-making in an increasingly data-rich world.  Land managers, policymakers, and legislators are making greater use of non-renewable resource assessments to identify and evaluate compatibilities and conflicts among competing resource development and conservation interests. Over the last three decades, particularly with the routine use of personal computers and the advent of geographical information system and other geostatistical software, the development and application of new and innovative methods for assessment of non-renewable resources has increased dramatically. By contrast, packaging of these approaches and techniques into workflows and reliable, user-friendly, publically available/open-source software tools and utilities to facilitate resource assessment has not been as swift.

This thematic session explores recent and on-going efforts in the development of quantitative and qualitative non-renewable resource assessment methodologies and tools. It is organized into three sub-sessions that address: (1) theory and methods, (2) implementation of methodologies in the form of workflows and software tools, and (3) the practical application of methodologies and tools as highlighted by case studies. Each sub-session concludes with an expert panel / presenter question and answer period.

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