Product Type: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Baron, J
Baron, J. 2005. Taking the pulse of Colorado's Front Range: developing regional indicators of environmental and quality of life condition: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2005-3021. 2 p.
This publication is available from the USGS Fort Collins Science Center .
Indicators are routinely used to report the status and trends of human health, economy, educational achievement, and quality of life. Some environmental indicators, such as for water and air quality, are routinely reported and used to inform personal, management, or policy decisions. Other environmental indicators, particularly those that do not relate directly to human well-being, have been harder to define, interpret, or use. These indicators may be just as useful and important in describing the ability to provide ecosystem good and services, or less tangible quality of life measures, but they may be suspect because of the quality of data or even the source of the information.