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Collaborative Management of Natural Resources in San Diego Bay

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Abstract:

This article presents the results of a three-year effort at applying information technology to the problem of collaborative natural resource management in San Diego Bay. As such, it represents an approach to integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). This effort resulted from a collaboration between the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Bay Interagency Water Quality Panel for the purpose of (1) developing an environmental data repository to facilitate the acquisition and sharing of data and (2) the development of a visual model of the bay in support of the development of a comprehensive, coordinated management plan for San Diego Bay. It was determined from this study that information technology is an important and key component to ICZM but that sociopolitical factors may override the benefits of decision-support systems and should be considered at the outset of any project of this kind.

Keywords: DATA; DATA MANAGEMENT; INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT; SAN DIEGO BAY; VISUALIZATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/089207501750069614

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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