EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

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Role of perception in determining adaptive capacity: communities adapting to environmental change

In this study, we investigate perception of likely environmental change as a factor of community adaptive capacity. A comparison of perceived change with science-based assessment of change is proposed to better understand community risk assessment and decision-making. Based on this analysis, we identify shared attitudes and perceptions of change that can be used to develop communication about environmental change in a manner that is appropriate within the context of the community. A community-level survey was conducted to sample differences in individual perception of likely environmental change as well as attitudes regarding climate change and natural resource management among residents of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. We compare perceptions of likely environmental change to science-based assessments of change using a conceptual framework that recognizes socio-cognitive processes associated with decision-making. We evaluate the relationship of those perceptions to attitudes using quantitative methods. A binary logistic model is used to investigate the predictive relationship between perception and attitudes regarding climate change and natural resource management. A cultural consensus model is then used to determine areas of shared community perception of change and attitudes. Results of this analysis suggest that despite diverse individual perceptions of environmental change, shared community perceptions and attitudes can be identified.

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    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-016-0394-0

Status: Complete
Type: Project
Data Types: Report
Primary Contact
Trammell, Jamie
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Email: ejtrammell@uaa.alaska.edu
Work: (907) 786-4865
Primary Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Funding Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Other Agencies
National Science Foundation

ISO Topics
environment

Geo-keywords
Alaska, Southcentral

Collection
Coordination, Integration, and Synthesis (CIS)

Direct Record Link
http://southcentral.epscor.alaska.edu/catalogs/11785-role-of-perception-in-determining-adaptive-capa
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