Engaging The Public And Decision Makers In Cooperative Modeling For Regional Water Management

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kristan Cockerill Ph.D., Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: In cooperative modeling projects, a group of people work together to develop a model to better understand a complex system and explore consequences of various “what if” scenarios. This report describes a case study from New Mexico in which representatives from diverse organizations and institutions employed system dynamics–based cooperative modeling enhanced by computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) to design a model that could be used as a tool in making water management decisions. In this case, CSCW was necessitated by the geographically dispersed nature of the participating stakeholders. The case study reflects that, although it is no panacea, cooperative modeling can be a successful way to create a sense of community, even among geographically dispersed citizens and decision makers, to understand contentious and complex water management issues. The purpose of this article is to highlight lessons learned for applying cooperative modeling with CSCW to assist other practitioners and broaden possibilities for improved water management decisions.

Additional Information

Cockerill, K., Tidwell, V., Daniel, L., & Sun, A. (2010). ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS & CASE STUDIES: Engaging the Public and Decision Makers in Cooperative Modeling for Regional Water Management. Environmental Practice, 12(4), 316-327. doi:10.1017/S1466046610000372. Publisher version of record available at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/environmental-practice/article/environmental-reviews-case-studies-engaging-the-public-and-decision-makers-in-cooperative-modeling-for-regional-water-management/4E9FD297A619FE7F5C47B26C2D225F1D
Language: English
Date: 2010
cooperative modeling projects, computer-supported cooperative work, CSCW, water management

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