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dc.contributor.advisorFluharty, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorNelsen, Kirsten Marieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-29T21:24:19Z
dc.date.available2015-09-29T21:24:19Z
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.otherNelsen_washington_0250O_14516.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/34004
dc.descriptionThesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2015en_US
dc.description.abstractAlthough the literature surrounding the development of decision support tools (DSTs) has rapidly expanded in recent years, their use in marine spatial planning (MSP) processes remains limited. Tradeoff analysis is considered essential to the MSP process by most implementation guides, but the use of DSTs to conduct tradeoff analysis is rare. Here I identify the barriers to widespread use of DSTs for tradeoff analysis. To inform this objective, I conduct an independent assessment of three DSTs that have been used in MSP in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each. Based on this analysis, I identify weaknesses that may contribute to infrequent use in tradeoff analysis and MSP development. Ultimately, three major barriers are detected: 1) significant data requirements impede institutional capacity to use DSTs; 2) lack of sufficient documentation and information available to practitioners; and 3) outputs that can be difficult to interpret for stakeholders and decision-makers. Because of the barriers identified, practitioners may benefit from using simpler tools as part of a broader stakeholder process.en_US
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dc.subjectdecision support tools; InVEST; marine spatial planning; Marxan; MIMES; tradeoffen_US
dc.subject.otherWater resources managementen_US
dc.subject.otherNatural resource managementen_US
dc.subject.otherEnvironmental economicsen_US
dc.subject.othermarine affairsen_US
dc.titleAnalyzing Tradeoffs: Barriers to Using Decision Support Tools for Marine Spatial Planningen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.embargo.termsOpen Accessen_US


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