Mediated Modeling: A System Dynamics Approach To Environmental Consensus Building

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Island Press, 2004 - 339 páginas
Mediated modeling is an innovative new approach that enhances the use of computer models as invaluable tools to guide policy and management decisions. Rather than having outside experts dispensing answers to local stakeholders, mediated modeling brings together diverse interests to raise the shared level of understanding and foster a broad and deep consensus. It provides a structured process based on system dynamics thinking in which community members, government officials, industry representatives, and other stakeholders can work together to produce a coherent, simple but elegant simulation model.
Mediated Modeling by Marjan Van Den Belt is a practical guide to participatory modeling for both practitioners and students, one that is firmly theoretically grounded in the field of systems dynamics and environmental modeling. Five in-depth case studies describe the successful use of the technique in a variety of settings, and a final chapter synthesizes the lessons highlighted by the case studies.
Mediated Modeling's step-by-step description of the techniques and practical advice regarding implementation offer a real-world solution for all those seeking to make sound decisions about the environment.
 

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The Role of Mediated Modeling
15
The Mediated Modeling Process
40
Conducting a Mediated Modeling Process
59
Decision Support for Watershed Management
99
Using Mediated Modeling to Facilitate
136
Future Planning Banff National Park
164
Sage Grouse Populalions in Soulheaslern Idaho
187
Decision Support in Coastal Zone Management
205
Participant Rating of Upper Fox Model Parameters
274
The Ria Formosa Model Structure and Equations
276
Participant Rating of Ria Formosa Model Parameters
293
Assumptions for BanffBow Valley Futures Model Indicators
295
Symbol Definition and Mathematical Algorithms for All Model Components in the BanffBow Valley Study Futures Model
302
An Example to Illustrate the Software
316
Rsquared Template
319
References
320

Lessons Learned
230
Comparison of the Case Studies
245
Contact Information System Dynamics Modeling Software
267
Full Answers to the Upper Fox After Survey
270
About the Author
331
Contributors
332
Index
333
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Marjan van den Belt is President of Mediated Modeling Partners, LLC. She is an ecological economist and environmental management professional with more than ten years of research, executive, and managerial experience. Her area of expertise is participatory processes in environmental management and policy making. She holds both a masters in business economics and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences.

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