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The elicitation of expert-stakeholders’ mental models is an important participatory modelling tool for building systems knowledge when data is limited and formal scientific theory is unavailable, a frequent challenge in natural resource management. As such, expert-stakeholders’ mental models constitute a valuable source of information, making it imperative to document them in detail, while preserving the integrity of stakeholders’ beliefs. We propose a methodology, the Dual Elicitation Approach, which combines direct and indirect mental model elicitation techniques to meet these goals. Here we describe the approach and its utility in the context of the effects of climate change on salmon and their fishery in the Baltic Sea. The approach effectively produced holistic depictions of stakeholders’ mental models, providing a solid knowledgebase to begin participatory modelling studies in data-limited circumstances. However, motivating stakeholders to confirm the accuracy of their models after the indirect phase of the approach presents a challenge.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftEnvironmental Modelling & Software
ISSN1364-8152
Status!!In preparation - 2019
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