Values compatibility analysis: Using Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) for decision support in national forest management

Brown, Greg and Reed, Pat (2012) Values compatibility analysis: Using Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) for decision support in national forest management. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 5 4: 317-332. doi:10.1007/s12061-011-9072-x


Author Brown, Greg
Reed, Pat
Title Values compatibility analysis: Using Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) for decision support in national forest management
Journal name Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-463X
1874-4621
Publication date 2012-12-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12061-011-9072-x
Volume 5
Issue 4
Start page 317
End page 332
Total pages 16
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract Human values are embedded in forest management decisions but are rarely systematically and explicitly included in the decision process. National legislation for public lands often provides conflicting goals but little guidance for agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service to operationalize public value preferences. The historical difficulty of integrating public values into forest management decisions includes the problems of measurement, aggregation, and tradeoff analysis. In this paper, we present a method for measuring and integrating spatially-explicit public values collected using public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) into a decision support framework we call values compatibility analysis (VCA). We provide a case study to demonstrate how spatially-explicit public values can be used to determine the compatibility of designating ATV/OHV routes on national forest land. The applications and limitations of VCA for decision support are elaborated and we conclude that an effective decision support framework should provide some degree of standardization, be broadly inclusive, and provide the opportunity to engage in systematic place-based value trade-off analyses.
Keyword Public participation GIS
PPGIS
Forest management
Decision support
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes OnlineFirst - Published online: 4 November 2011

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