Multi-Method Approach to Exploring Social–Ecological Dimensions in a Mediterranean Suburban Beach Setting

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Abstract:

Research related to social–ecological systems may be enhanced through multi-method approaches to collecting interdisciplinary data and using combinations of analytical tools. In this article we combine different types of data (interval, ordinal, nominal, spatial), methods (participant observation, survey instrument), and analytical tools (IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences [SPSS] and Geographic Information Systems [GIS]) to identify management relevant linkages across social and ecological dimensions in a Mediterranean suburban beach setting. In particular, we demonstrate the central role of quantitative perception data for identifying pragmatic environmental management measures in coastal recreation scenarios.

Keywords: GIS; Mediterranean; case study approach; coastal tourism; multi-method assessments; perceptions

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2012.677636

Affiliations: SOCIB (Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System) Balearic Islands, Spain

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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