Abstract

Model-based decision support systems are increasingly used to link knowledge to action for environmental decision making. How stakeholders perceive uncertainty in models and visualisations affects their perceptions of credibility, relevance and usability of these tools. This paper presents a case study of water decision makers’ evaluations of WaterSim, a dynamic water simulation model presented in an immersive decision theatre environment. Results reveal that decision makers’ understandings of uncertainty in their evaluations of decision support systems reflect both scientific and political discourse. We conclude with recommendations for design and evaluation of decision support systems that incorporate decision makers' views.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-630
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

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management decision
Water management
decision support system
Decision support systems
theater
water management
decision maker
uncertainty
evaluation
Water
political discourse
water
Visualization
Decision making
simulation model
credibility
visualization
stakeholder
decision making

Keywords

  • Arizona
  • climate change
  • modelling
  • visualisation
  • water sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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