Decision Theater Network: Collaboration Development and Partnership Strategy with Abu Dhabi

Project: Research project

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Decision Theater Network: Collaboration Development and Partnership Strategy with Abu Dhabi Undisclosed The Arabian Gulf is a crucial body of water harboring one of the worlds largest supplies of oil and significant deposits of natural gas. Additionally, multiple industries utilize the Gulfs resources and habitat, including fishing and shipping. All of these industries, in addition to the habitat of the Gulf itself, are of great importance to preserve. As such, Arizona State Universitys Decision Theater (ASU DT) will create a decision-support tool in the style of DTs Gulf of Mexico Marine Habitat Vulnerability Tool. This tool will be customized to the unique needs of the users and encompass the nuances of the Arabian Gulf. It will be created in by Decisin Theater in collaboration with ASUs Marine Biology Department with Professor Beth Polidoro leading the marine modeling and data collection effort. DT will lead the model connections and immersive visualization. This project will follow the DT method of development. Throughout the process, input and joint application design engagements will be solicited from the Statistics Centre to convene with the project staff. In addition, there will be a focus on modeling the data and visualizing it in an immersive format while maintaining the original data integrity. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of the project will be considered during the development to ensure the final product is optimized to encourage conversation and collaboration between stakeholders and decision-makers. To conduct these activities and achieve the collaaberative objectives, DT will create and utilize a Mobile Decision Theater. A Mobile Decision Theater is a portable version of ASU DTs Drum1 . The 7 screen environment of the Decision Theater (and Mobile Decision Theater) helps to demonstrate the full capabilities of the tool. The final product will be a multi-screen, interactive, web application that explores the impacts various industries and sustainability measures may have on the Gulfs marine habitat. It will be optimized for an immersive environment, such as the DT Drum, but will also be accessible on single screen computers via a web browser. The tool will be flexible in terms of use and audience, ranging from, but not limited to, those 1 See figure 1 for example of the Drum Figure 1 Demonstration of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Habitat Vulnerability Tool in ASU DT's Drum in Tempe, AZ 2 interested in creating marine protected areas or responding to oil spills, to those interested in adding oil rigs to those interested in increasing shipping lanes. This tool will allow the user to explore geospatial data layers within the real-world context in which the Gulf exists day to day. This enables the user to see the big picture of the Gulf. More than that, the user will be able to select areas of interest to explore specific regions to understand the Gulf at a more detailed level. This level of detail will include: - Species residing within the Gulf, specifically the area selected - Habitats - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) threat level for each species - Threats to species - Depth to range of the species within the water - Limited Petrochemical Vulnerability Rankings to determine the impact of the oil industry on particular species While exploring the Gulf with this tool, the user will ultimately be able to support decision making by educating stakeholders on the impacts their decisions may have on marine species and the cost to build or develop within the Gulf.
Effective start/end date7/1/207/2/20


  • OTHER: Foreign Government: $1.00


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