Public participation GIS: a method for identifying ecosystem services

Brown, Greg, Montag, Jessica M. and Lyon, Katie (2012) Public participation GIS: a method for identifying ecosystem services. Society and Natural Resources, 25 7: 633-651. doi:10.1080/08941920.2011.621511

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Author Brown, Greg
Montag, Jessica M.
Lyon, Katie
Title Public participation GIS: a method for identifying ecosystem services
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-1920
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2011.621511
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 7
Start page 633
End page 651
Total pages 19
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
3303 Development
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This study evaluated the use of an internet-based public participation geographic information system (PPGIS) to identify ecosystem services in Grand County, Colorado. Specific research objectives were to examine the distribution of ecosystem services, identify the characteristics of participants in the study, explore potential relationships between ecosystem services and land use and land cover (LULC) classifications, and to assess the methodological strengths and weakness of the PPGIS approach for identifying ecosystem services. Key findings include: 1) cultural ecosystem service opportunities were easiest to identify while supporting and regulatory services most challenging, 2) participants were highly educated, knowledgeable about nature and science, and have a strong connection to the outdoors, 3) some LULC classifications were logically and spatially associated with ecosystem services, and 4) despite limitations, the PPGIS method demonstrates potential for identifying ecosystem services to augment expert judgment and to inform public or environmental policy decisions regarding land use tradeoffs.
Keyword Public participation
Ecosystem services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 06 Dec 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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