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Title: An assessment of the use and usefulness of decision support tools in desertification policy and management
Author: Cebollero, Esther Diez
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 9753
Awarding Body: Cranfield University
Current Institution: Cranfield University
Date of Award: 2008
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Technology has penetrated the environmental policy and management field, as maniTesiea oy tne numoer ot compuier-Dasea uecision support loois (DSTs) developed to support the work of end users. DSTs have been reported to support communication between stakeholders, to better monitor the status of the environment, and to better assess the consequences of certain policies. The purpose of this research is to examine the use and usefulness of DSTs to desertification policy and management organisations and thereby determine if DSTs can support the work of these organisations. Five types of DSTs have been considered namely - computer simulation models (CS), computer statistical models. (ST), decision support systems (DSS), geographical information systems (GIS), and remote sensing (RS). The study puts emphasis on desertification polcy and management because (i) desertification is a very serious environmental process that has already affected more than 1.5 billion people all over the world; (ii) desertification does not show any signs of abatement; and, (III) no similar studies within this research area have been found in the literature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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