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1 January 2011 CoastRanger MS: A Tool for Improving Public Engagement
N. I. Pontee, K. Morris
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Over the next century, ongoing coastal change will require a change in the way flood and erosion risks are managed in some areas. Such changes may have significant effects on local stakeholders and may require varying degrees of adaptation. It is therefore important for these stakeholders to be able to enter fully into the consultation process associated with these issues. This paper describes an innovative approach to stimulate public debate and improve stakeholder understanding of the issues that need to be balanced in order to achieve sustainable long-term coastal management solutions. The approach involves the creation of an educational tool (CoastRanger MS) that allows users to manage a virtual coast within a PC-gaming–type environment. CoastRanger MS incorporates a legacy of past developments and defences, and uses a coastal process simulator to predict the impacts of climate change under different management scenarios chosen by the user. In the UK, it is anticipated that the tool will be of particular value in educating stakeholders before and during the development of strategic coastal management plans.

N. I. Pontee and K. Morris "CoastRanger MS: A Tool for Improving Public Engagement," Journal of Coastal Research 27(1), 18-25, (1 January 2011).
Received: 30 April 2009; Accepted: 15 July 2009; Published: 1 January 2011

educational tool
Management simulator
shoreline management
stakeholder engagement
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