Utilizing Multi-Criteria Analysis and Analytical Hierarchy Process to Facilitate Everglades Restoration Decision-Making
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Multi-Criteria Analysis, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Everglades, Decision-Making
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Greater Everglades Ecosystem (GEE) restoration is a complex undertaking, with a variety of potential outcomes and trade-offs impacting numerous stakeholders. This study utilizes a strategy for facilitating GEE restoration that is based in social science principles and informed by stakeholder opinion, ecologists, and biological modeling techniques. Information in this study was gathered through the use of an online survey involving stakeholder preferences for GEE restoration outcomes. Results revealed that sample stakeholders weighed the outcome of improving seasonal flow of water highest, followed by reducing polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee, then increasing water storage for human use, and lastly restoring the GEE to improve resiliency to hurricane storm surge. Additionally, the survey collected information on stakeholders’ environmental attitudes. Results revealed that most stakeholders surveyed across many interests identified as “ecocentric” rather than “anthropocentric.” These results have the potential to inform GEE restoration decision-making by providing a strategy to effectively combine the separate interests of each ideologically divergent stakeholder group with projected physical impacts of restoration alternatives.
Vorseth, Chloe C., "Utilizing Multi-Criteria Analysis and Analytical Hierarchy Process to Facilitate Everglades Restoration Decision-Making" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4313.
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