Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Michael C. Sukop
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Mahadev G. Bhat
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Fourth Advisor's Name
Assefa Mekonnen Melesse
Fourth Advisor's Committee Title
Everglades, Restoration, Public perception, Climate change, Spatial heterogeneity, Choice experiment, Survey, Ecosystem services
Date of Defense
The South Florida Everglades is a unique ecosystem. Intensive water management in the system has facilitated agricultural, urban, and economic development. The Everglades offers a variety of ecosystem services (ES) to the people living in this region. Nevertheless, the ecosystem is under imminent threat of climate change, which would alter the way water is managed today and ultimately affect the ES offered by the system. On the other hand, substantial restoration is underway that aims to restore the Everglades closer to its historic condition. This research tried to map the public’s preference for Everglades restoration. Using a geocoded discrete-choice survey dataset, the study showed variation in the public’s preference by changing the levels of ES. Additionally, the general public’s attitude toward climate change risk to the Everglades and preference for mitigation were also assessed using the survey data.
Sikder, Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal, "Analyzing Spatial Variability of Social Preference for the Everglades Restoration in the Face of Climate Change" (2016). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2565.
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