The use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) for park visitor management: A case study of mountain biking

Wolf, Isabelle D, Wohlfart, Teresa, Brown, Greg and Bartolome Lasa, Abraham (2015) The use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) for park visitor management: A case study of mountain biking. Tourism Management, 51 112-130. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2015.05.003

Author Wolf, Isabelle D
Wohlfart, Teresa
Brown, Greg
Bartolome Lasa, Abraham
Title The use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) for park visitor management: A case study of mountain biking
Journal name Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5177
Publication date 2015-12
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2015.05.003
Volume 51
Start page 112
End page 130
Total pages 19
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Spatially-explicit participatory planning is a relatively new approach for managing visitors to protected areas. In this study we used public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) mapping and global positioning system (GPS) tracking to monitor mountain bikers frequenting national parks for tourism and recreation in Northern Sydney, Australia. PPGIS was implemented using both an internet application and with hardcopy maps in the field. Our research addressed two fundamental questions for park planning: (1) What is the spatial distribution of visitor activities and location-specific reasons for riding; and (2) What location-specific actions are needed to improve riding experiences? The spatial distributions of riding activities generated in PPGIS showed strong correlation with the GPS tracking results, with riding locations being related to the reasons for track selection. Riders proposed a broad range of management actions to improve riding experiences. PPGIS mapping provides a cost-effective approach to facilitate spatial decision making, allowing park agencies to prioritise future visitor management actions. We discuss the strengths and limitations of these research methods.
Keyword Public participation GIS
Visitor activity management
Spatial distributions
Protected areas
Mountain biking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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