Selecting the Appropriate DST

Selecting the Appropriate DST

 

DSTs that enable practitioners to make well-informed decisions at each marine spatial planning process step must possess certain critical functional elements. Tool functions can be divided into six categories, including:

  • Data management refers to tools that improve efficiency of data gathering and management and help to Gather Data & Define Current Conditions.

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  • Mapping and visualization functionality is important throughout the process from Defining Current Conditions to Refining Goals and Objectives.

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  • Alternative scenario development and analysis is a major function provided by DSTs that can aid in Identifying Issues, Constraints, and Future Conditions; Developing Alternative Management Measures; and Evaluating Alternative Management Measures.

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  • Management measure option proposal is an important tool function that can aid in Developing Alternative Management Measures and Evaluating Alternative Management Measures.

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  • Stakeholder participation and collaboration, and community outreach and engagementare important throughout all steps of the planning process.

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  • DSTs that incorporate adaptive management and assessment of achieving objectives functionality into their tools are important for Evaluating Alternative Management Measures, Monitoring and Evaluating Management Measures, and Refining Goals and Objectives.

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