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Mediated Modeling : A System Dynamics Approach To Environmental Consensus Building - Marjan van den Belt

Mediated Modeling

A System Dynamics Approach To Environmental Consensus Building

By: Marjan van den Belt, Thomas Dietz (Foreword by)

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Published: 1st April 2004
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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.

oMediated Modeling is one place where science and policy meet.o --David Cash, Environment

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Bounded Rationalityp. 4
Decision Makingp. 5
Knowledge Accumulation by Expertsp. 6
Stakeholder Participationp. 6
Adaptive Managementp. 8
Building Environmental Consensusp. 9
The Role of Mediated Modelingp. 10
Conclusionp. 11
The Role of Mediated Modelingp. 15
Participatory Modelingp. 15
Mediated Modelingp. 17
Intellectual Roots of Mediated Modelingp. 21
Decision Support Toolsp. 30
Decision-Making Toolsp. 33
Deliberation Toolsp. 35
Mediated Modeling as a Starting Point or as a Complementary Toolp. 37
Conclusionp. 38
The Mediated Modeling Processp. 40
Why Should a Mediated Modeling Project Be Undertaken?p. 41
Outline of a Mediated Modeling Processp. 45
Adaptive and Collaborative Managementp. 46
Participants and Rolesp. 47
The Mediated Modelerp. 49
Time Framep. 53
What Results Are to Be Expected?p. 54
Conclusionp. 57
Conducting a Mediated Modeling Processp. 59
Preparationp. 60
Workshopsp. 69
Follow-up and Tutorialp. 95
Project Lengthp. 96
Conclusionp. 97
Decision Support for Watershed Management in the Upper Fox River Basin, Wisconsin, U.S.A.p. 99
Stakeholdersp. 102
The Upper Fox Modeling Processp. 103
Practicing Model Presentationp. 130
Follow-up Surveyp. 130
What Has Happened Since 1998 in the Upper Fox GMU?p. 132
Discussion Questionsp. 134
Using Mediated Modeling to Facilitate Collaborative Learning Among Residents of the San Antonio Watershed, Texas, U.S.A.p. 136
Socioenvironmental Complexity in the San Antonio River Basinp. 137
Collaborative Learningp. 143
Modeling Approachesp. 145
Mediated Modeling as a Learning Toolp. 147
Lessons Learnedp. 162
Discussion Questionsp. 163
Future Planning: Banff National Parkp. 164
Banff National Parkp. 165
The Banff-Bow Valley Studyp. 168
The Modeling Processp. 169
The Resulting Modelp. 172
Resultsp. 177
Conclusionp. 185
Discussion Questionsp. 186
Sage Grouse Populations in Southeastern Idaho, U.S.A.: Effect of Sheep Grazing and Firep. 187
Modeling Processp. 190
The Resulting Modelp. 193
Conclusionp. 203
Discussion Questionsp. 204
Decision Support in Coastal Zone Management in the Ria Formosa, Portugalp. 205
The Key Issuesp. 207
How the Mediated Modeling Process in the Ria Formosa Got Startedp. 208
The Ria Formosa Modeling Processp. 210
Recommendationsp. 226
Discussion Questionsp. 229
Lessons Learnedp. 230
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Mediated Modeling Processesp. 232
How Does Mediated Modeling Help to Resolve Conflicts?p. 235
The Down Side of Mediated Modelingp. 237
Improvements to the Mediated Modeling Processp. 240
Contributions of Mediated Modelingp. 241
Conclusionp. 244
Comparison of the Case Studiesp. 245
Contact Information; System Dynamics Modeling Softwarep. 267
Ranked Participant Statements from the Upper Fox "After" Questionnairep. 268
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ISBN: 9781559639613
ISBN-10: 155963961X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64