Public participation GIS: a method for identifying ecosystems services

Society and Natural Resources
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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 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 trade-offs.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Public participation GIS: a method for identifying ecosystems services
Series title Society and Natural Resources
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2011.621511
Volume 25
Issue 7
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Publisher location Philadelphia, PA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 19 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Society and Natural Resources
First page 633
Last page 651
Country United States
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