Assessment and Policy Guidance Work
Improving the discourse at the interface between science and policy is a key aspect of my work since the early 2000s. This work has taken many forms, but most focus on providing improved synthesis of existing scientific information and providing assessment of policy alternatives.
During my tenure at NOAA headquarters and as the Chief Scientist of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, I participated in and led several such assessments focused on topics that include harmful algal blooms, coastal eutrophication, salmon restoration, ecological indicators, environmental monitoring, and ecological forecasting.
At U-M, I continue this line of research by focusing on development and support of assessments of the causes and consequences of environmental change.
Related Publications and Reports
Scavia, D. Time to pick up our heads and look inland. Limnol. Oceanogr. Bulletin November 2019
Scavia, D., S. Bocaniov, A. Dagnew, Y. Hu, B. Kerkez, C. Long, R. Muenich, J. Read, L. Vaccaro, Y-C. Wang. Detroit River phosphorus loads: Anatomy of a binational watershed, J Great Lakes Res. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2019.09.008
Scavia, D., S. Bocaniov, A. Dagnew, Y. Hu, B. Kerkez, C. Long, R. Muenich, J. Read, L. Vaccaro and Y. Wang. 2019. Watershed Assessment of Detroit River Phosphorus Loads to Lake Erie. Final project report produced by the
University of Michigan Water Center. Available at: myumi.ch/detroit-river
Easton, E., D. Scavia, R. Alexander, L. Band, K. Boomer, P. Kleinman, J. Martin, A. Miller, J. Pizzuto, D. Smith, C. Welty. 2017. Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model Phase 6 Review. STAC Review Report 17-007. Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, ND
Scavia, D., J.V. DePinto, I. Bertani. 2016. A Multi-model approach to evaluating target phosphorus loads for Lake Erie. J. Great Lakes Res. in press
Scavia, D., M. Kalcic, R. Logsdon Muenich, J. Read, N. Aloysius, C. Boles, R. Confessor, J. DePinto, M. Gildow, J. Martin, T. Redder, S. Sowa, Y. Wang, H. Yen. Informing Lake Erie Agriculture Nutrient Management via Scenario Evaluation March 22, 2016
Scenario-Based Forecasts in Support of Regional Coastal Management: Concepts of Operation. Prepared for NOAA/NOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Watson, S.B., Carpenter, D., Casselman, J., Miller, C., Murray, M., Arhonditsis, G., Bosch, N., Boyer, G.L., Charlton, M., Confesor Jr., R., Depew, D., Dolan, D., DePinto, J., Higgins, S., Ho¨o¨k, T., Howell, T., Ludsin, S., McElmurry, S., Richards, P., Scavia, D., Smith, R., Steffen, M., Wilhelm, S., Wang, Z., 2013. Taking Action on Lake Erie (TAcLE). International Joint Commission Report. 101 pp.
Bartolai, AM, L. He, L. Motsch, R, Paehlke, D. Scavia 2015 Climate Change as a driver of change in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. J. Great Lakes Res
Friedman, K. B., K. Laurent, G. Krantzberg, D. Scavia, I. F. Creed 2015 The Great Lakes Futures Project: Principles and Policy Recommendations for Making the Lakes Great.. J. Great Lakes Res
Krantzberg, G., I.F. Creed, K.B. Friedman, K.L., Laurent, J.A. Jackson, J. Brammeier, D. Scavia 2014 Community Engagement Is Critical To Achieve A “Thriving And Prosperous” Future For The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin J. Great Lakes Res.
Laurent, K., K. B. Friedman, G. Krantzberg, D. Scavia, I.F. Creed 2014 Critical forces defining alternative futures for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence river basin. J. Great Lakes Res
Kalafatis, S., Campbell, M., Fathers, F., Laurent, K.L., Friedman, K.B., Krantzberg, G., Scavia, D., Creed, I.F., 2014 Out of Control: How we failed to adapt and suffered the consequences. J. Great Lakes Res.
Obenour, D.R. A.D. Gronewold, C.A. Stow, and D. Scavia 2014 Using a Bayesian hierarchical model with a gamma error distribution to improve Lake Erie cyanobacteria bloom forecasts. Water Resources Res.
Steenberg, J., Timm, M., Laurent, K.L., Friedman, K.B., Krantzberg, G., Scavia, D., Creed, I.F., 2014 Living on the Edge: How we converted challenges into profitable opportunities.
Comer, B., D.A., Fera, A.S. Splawinski, K.L Laurent, K.B. Friedman, G. Krantzberg, D. Scavia, I.F. Creed 2014 Thriving and prosperous: How we rallied to confront collective challenges in the Great Lakes basin
Pryor, S.C. D. Scavia, C, Downer, M. Gaden, L. Iverson, R. Nordstrom, J. Patz, G.P. Robertson 2014. Chapter 18: Midwest. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. J.M. Melillo, T.C. Richmond, G.W. Yohe, Eds. U.S. Global Change Research Program 18:1-18
Scavia, D., J. D. Allan, K. K. Arend, S. Bartell, D. Beletsky, N. S. Bosch, S. B. Brandt, R. D. Briland, I. Daloğlu, J. V. DePinto, D. M. Dolan, M. A. Evans, T. M. Farmer,D. Goto, H. Han, T. O. Höök, R. Knight, S. A. Ludsin, D. Mason, A. M. Michalak, R. P. Richards, J. J. Roberts, D. K. Rucinski, E. Rutherford, D. J. Schwab, T. Sesterhenn, H. Zhang, Y. Zhou. 2014 Assessing and addressing the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: Central Basin Hypoxia. J. Great Lakes Res. 40: 226–246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2014.02.004
Lemos, M.C., C. Kirchhoff, S. Kalafatis, D. Scavia and R. Rood 2014 Moving climate information off the shelf: Boundary Chains and the role of RISAs as an adaptive organization. Weather, Climate, and Society.
Daloglu, I. J.I. Nassauer, R.L. Riolo, D. Scavia 2014 An Integrated Social and Ecological Modeling Framework – Impacts of Agricultural Conservation Practices on Water Quality. Ecology and Society
Laurent, K., K. B. Friedman, G. Krantzberg, D. Scavia, I.F. Creed (in press) Scenario analysis: a tool for strategic planning to achieve a thriving Great Lakes-S. Lawrence river basin.
Orr, C.J., K.C. Williams, K. L Laurent, K. B. Friedman, G. Krantzberg, D. Scavia, I. Creed (in press) Trying Hard to Adapt to a Chaotic World: How Complex Challenges Overwhelmed Best Intentions in the Great Lakes region. J. Great Lakes Res.
Bidwell, D., T. Dietz, D. Scavia 2013 Fostering Knowledge Networks for Climate Adaptation. Nature Climate Change. 3:1-2
Michalak, A.M., E. Anderson, D. Beletsky, S. Boland, N.S. Bosch, T.B. Bridgeman, J.D. Chaffin, K.H. Cho, R. Confesor, I. Daloglu, J. DePinto, M.A. Evans, G.L. Fahnenstiel, L. He, J.C. Ho, L. Jenkins, T. Johengen, K.C. Kuo, E. Laporte, X. Liu, M. McWilliams, M.R. Moore, D.J. Posselt, R.P. Richards, D. Scavia, A.L. Steiner, E. Verhamme8, D.M. Wright, M.A. ZagorskiÂ 2013 Record-setting algal bloom in Lake Erie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends consistent with expected future conditions. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110 (16) 6448-6452 Supporting Information
Shriberg, M., A. Horning, K. Lund, J. Callewaert, and D. Scavia 2013 Driving Transformative Change by Empowering Student Sustainability Leaders at the University of Michigan; In : Transforming Higher Education: Stories & Strategies for Sustainability, P.F. Barlett and G.W. Chase (Eds). MIT Press
EPA Science Advisory Board. 2012. Review of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan. EPA, Washington, DC 50 pg.
Lund, K., K. Dinse, J. Callewaert, D. Scavia. 2011 Benefits of using integrated assessment to address sustainability challenges. J. Environ. Stud. Sci, DOI 10.1007/s13412-011-0047-7
Missouri River Planning: Recognizing and Incorporating Sediment Management. 2010 National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC. 135 pp.
Rabalais, N.N., R.E. Turner, and D. Scavia. 2002. Beyond Science into Policy: Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia and the Mississippi River. BioScience 52:129-142.
Scavia, D., J.C. Field, D.F. Boesch, R.W. Buddemeier, V. Burkett, D.R. Cayan, M. Fogarty, M.A. Harwell, R.W. Howarth, C. Mason, D.J. Reed, T.C. Royer, A.H. Sallenger, and J.G. Titus. 2002. Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. Estuaries 25: 149-164.
Bierbaum, Huggett, Ruggiero, Scavia, Barnard, Bricker, Collins, Hicks, Huston, Janetos, Lillestolen, Murdoch, Robertson, Schaefer, Vickery, Weltz (1997) Integrating the Nation’s Environmental monitoring and research networks and programs: A proposed framework, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, National Science and Technology Council, Washington, DC
Boyles, R., and D, Scavia. 1997. Innovative Coastal Ocean Science at NOAA. Sea Technology.
Scavia, D. 1997. Developing a comprehensive coastal research agenda. Oceanography. 10:11-13.
Scavia, D., M. Ruggiero, and E. Hawes. 1996. Building a scientific basis for ensuring the vitality and productivity of U.S. ecosystems. Bull. Ecological Society of America. 77:125-127.
Scavia, D., R.S. Winokur, and R.A. Schmitten. 1995. NOAA’s Innovative Coastal Remote Sensing Program.Â Sea Technology 36 (8): 27
Wenzel, L. and D. Scavia. 1993. NOAA’s Coastal Ocean Program. Science for Solutions. Oceanus 36(1) Spring.
Scavia, D 1972. A Study of 20 Lakes in Rensselaer County, New York with Proposals for Environmental Management, Freshwater Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. 136 pp.
- Easton, Z., D. Scavia, R. Alexander, L. Band, K. Boomer, P. Kleinman, J. Martin, A. Miller, J. Pizzuto, D. Smith, C. Welty. 2017. Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Review of the Phase 6 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model. STAC Publication Number 17-007, Edgewater, MD. 46 pp.
- Allen et al. 2012 Great Lakes Science Strategy
- Scavia, D. 2010. The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Mess, Problem, or Puzzle? In (I.W.H. Perry and F. Day, Eds.): Issues of the Day: 1000 Commentaries on Climate, Energy, the Environment, Transportation, and Public Health Policy. RFF press. Wash. DC
- Anderson, S., J. Read, and D. Scavia 2010. Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystems: Worth the cost? In (I.W.H. Perry and F. Day, Eds.): Issues of the Day: 1000 Commentaries on Climate, Energy, the Environment, Transportation, and Public Health Policy. RFF press. Wash. DC
- Grand Challenges for the Future of Environmental Modeling, 2009
- Tacking Wicked Problems Through Integrated Assessment: A Guide for Decision Makers, Project Leaders, and Scientists, 2009
- Michigan’s Great Lakes Jobs, 2009
- Michigan’s Economic Vitality: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes, 200
- Preparing for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region, 2009
- Great Lakes Restoration and the Threat of Global Warming, 2008
- America’s North Coast: A Benefit-Cost Analysis of a Program to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes, 2007
- Assessment of Phosphorus Loading Goals for Review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 2006. pg 374-403
- Prescription for Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection and Restoration: Avoiding the Tipping Point of Irreversible Change, 2006
- Future of the Great Lakes: Prioritizing Prevention, Protection, and Restoration Activities, 2006
- Assessing the impacts of oil platform produced waters on Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia, 2006
- An Assessment of Coastal Hypoxia and Eutrophication in U.S. Waters, 2003
- State of the Nation’s Ecosystems, 2003
- Ecological Forecasting: New tools for coastal and marine ecosystem management., 2003
- Ecological Forecasting: Agenda for the Future, 2001
- Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating, and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2001
- Common Ground in Controlling Agricultural Nonpoint Sources of Nutrients, 2001
- Integrated Science for Ecological Challenges, 2000
- National Assessment of Harmful Algal Blooms in US Waters, 2000
- From the Edge: Science to Support Restoration of Pacific Salmon, 2000
- An Integrated Assessment of Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2000
- Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Strategy, 2000
- Consequences of Climate Variability & Change for Coastal Areas and Marine Resources, 2000
- Status of US Harmful Algal Blooms: Progress towards a National Program, 1998
- Integrating Nation’s environmental monitoring and research networks programs, 1997
- National Harmful Algal Bloom Research and Monitoring Strategy, 1997
- Setting a new course for US Coastal Ocean Science, 1995
- Building scientific basis to ensure vitality and productivity of U.S. Ecosystems, 1995