Informing the Process

Information is necessary for good decision making, but is costly and never perfect.This is the dilemma facing all decision makers-how to balance the need for further study with the need for action. In the absence of any good information, a decision maker could simply flip a coin and hope for the best: this is obviously not desirable.Nor is it desirable for the decision-making process to be paralyzed because 100% certainty has not been obtained about the current state of a lake basin or about the effects a range of policies may have on it.This module draws lessons from the 28 LBMI cases on the search for an appropriate balance.It also incorporates newly commissioned work on some of the cutting-edge fields of lake basin management such as remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS).

Informing the Process

Additional Materials

Applications of Remote Sensing for Lake Basin Management

Bradt, Shane

Assessment of Pollution Load on the Kenyan Catchment of Lake Victoria Basin using GIS Tools

Cheruiyot, Charles Kipkoech

GIS-based Lake Basin Delineation and Computation of Risk Indicators as part of the TWAP Project

Dahal, Khila

Open Source GIS-based Lake Basin Delineation Procedure: a Tutorial

Dahal, Khila

An Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in the Management of Lake Kyoga, Uganda

Gyllenhammar, Andreas

Monitoring and Evaluation of Water Quality and Ecosystem in Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Zones in Japan

Ichiki, Shigekazu

Introduction to Lake Modeling

Ide, Shinji

Informational Requirements for a Lake Basin Management Program

Rast, Walter

Acquisition and Management of Lake-related Water Quality Information at the Global Level

Robarts, Richard

Environmental Education: Its Evolution, ESD, Participation and Governance

Sato, Masahisa

Application of Remote Sensing to Generate Historical Water Quality Data to Support Lake Management in Indonesia

Subehi, Luki

Economic Valuation in the Lake Basin Management Decision Making Process

Verma, Madhu


Based on your answers to the homework in Module 2, what are the key information gaps regarding your lake and its basin?