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Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster: Adaptive futures for Ningaloo

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TitleNingaloo Collaboration Cluster: Adaptive futures for Ningaloo
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFulton, E, Gray R, Sporcic M, Scott R, Little R, Hepburn M, Gorton B, Hatfield B, Fuller M, Jones T, De La Mare W, Boschetti F, Chapman K, Dzidic P, Syme G, Dambacher J, McDonald D
Date Published2011
InstitutionCSIRO’s Flagship Collaboration Fund
ISBN Number9780643107168
KeywordsCluster, human use, modelling, tourism
AbstractOur research resulted in four main outcomes: 1) we developed an implementation of InVitro, a state-of-the-art full-system computer model, for the Ningaloo-Exmouth region to capture how both human and natural systems in that area work, including biophysical and ecological components, human activities and uses, economic sectors, possible future development and available management interventions. 2) We employed the concept of MSE to focus the overall research effort and to provide a link between researchers and stakeholders; this included demonstrating to decision makers and local stakeholders the potential of modelling as a decision tool, showcasing initial results, collecting and disseminating both local and scientific information and representing issues of local and management concern in the form of modelling scenarios. We believe this step has been crucial to address initial scepticism on model use and help foster trust and ownership of the modelling effort. 3) We implemented a number of additional, simpler modelling tools to educate non-modellers in model use, to train interested parties to using models, to showcase the MSE approach, to tune different modules of the InVitro model and to provide progressive results to other research projects and interested parties. This activity, together with the use of specifically designed questionnaires, also allowed us to obtain a better understanding of the stakeholder group, their values and beliefs, the existing network of interaction, which is crucial to dissemination of knowledge and information, as well as to collect feedback on our effort and the most appropriate way to communicate with the different industries, departments and the broader community. 4) We analysed a number of InVitro simulations specifically addressing stakeholders and management concerns. This gives a preliminary assessment of likely regional futures under alternative developmental paths and highlights what management options are available to steer the region development towards desired outcomes.
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