Flexibility as Strength: how geographic research can create more dynamic approaches to ocean management and spatial zoning

Authors: Bess Ruff*, Florida State University
Topics: Marine and Coastal Resources, Applied Geography
Keywords: marine management, ocean zoning, GIScience
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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“Dynamic ocean management” (DOM) is a relatively novel approach to addressing the management concerns of an increasingly crowded and ecologically strained nearshore ocean space. Unlike traditional, static management approaches, DOM allows for flexibility in decision making by using real-time and near-real-time data to respond to changes in the ocean and its users. DOM has proven successful in a handful of applied examples as well as simulated scenarios; however, DOM has the potential to be ineffective, costly, and confusing for ocean users and managers if not designed appropriately or if there is insufficient support and infrastructure. Furthermore, while research has shown that stakeholder buy-in is critical to the success of new management approaches, the role of economic or social incentives in public acceptance of DOM has yet to be evaluated. The geographic discipline is well-suited for addressing these social gaps in current DOM research, through methods such as Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), in addition to facilitating efficiencies in the design process through theory and technology. Yet, geographers have been relatively absent from the DOM literature to this point. As such, this research seeks to evaluate where and how geography can contribute both qualitatively and quantitatively to the greater DOM discourse as well as identify collaborative opportunities with scientists and researchers across disciplines.

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