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Scenario Planning for Sustainable Dark Skies: Altering Mental Models and Environmental Attitudes Through Scenario Planning

Abstract Recent research within the field of natural resource management has been devoted to studying the cognitive structures, called mental models, that guide people’s thoughts, actions, and decision-making. Artificial lighting threatens the sustainability of pristine night skies around the world and is growing worldwide at an average rate of six-percent per year. Despite these trends, stakeholders’ mental models of night skies have been unexplored. This study will address this gap by eliciting stakeholders’ mental models of dark skies. Scenario planning has become a pervasive tool across diverse sectors to analyze complex systems for making decisions under uncertainty. The theory of scenario planning hypothesizes that scenario planning contri... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Hobbins, Robert Jonathan (Author) / Nyaupane, Gyan P (Advisor) / Budruk, Megha (Committee member) / Iwaniec, David M (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Natural resource management / environmental attitudes / light pollution / mental models / scenario planning / social-ecological-technical systems / social network analysis
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 160 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Community Resources and Development 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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