User experiences of using a spatial analysis tool in collaborative GIS for maritime spatial planning

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Title: User experiences of using a spatial analysis tool in collaborative GIS for maritime spatial planning
Author: Koski, Christian; Rönneberg, Mikko; Kettunen, Pyry; Armoškaitė, Aurelija; Strake, Solvita; Oksanen, Juha
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Transactions in GIS
ISSN: 1361-1682
1467-9671
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333965
Abstract: Maritime spatial planning (MSP) is a decision-making process for managing human activities at sea. Stakeholder participation is critical to MSP processes. Spatial decision support systems (SDSSs) can be effective tools for analyzing problems in MSP, for example, the impact of human activities on marine ecosystems. However, despite the fact that multiple SDSSs have been developed for MSP, they are rarely used in real-world MSP processes. We aim to provide insight into stakeholders' understanding and perception of the appropriateness and completeness of SDSSs in an MSP stakeholder meeting. We studied whether SDSSs can benefit from being integrated into CGIS to support alternative methods for problem exploration and solving in groups. The results show that most, but not all, stakeholders understood well or fairly well what the tool does and how to use it, and agreed that the tool was appropriate and had the necessary requirements for problem solving. The results also show that problem exploration and solving with an SDSS in groups can benefit from the tool being integrated into a CGIS. Further research is needed to find effective solutions to overcome stakeholders' challenges in using GIS, and to develop flexible solutions that enable alternative problem-solving methods.
Subject: collaboration
spatial analysis
decision-making
maritime spatial planning
Baltic Explorer


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