Evaluating Opportunities and Barriers of Soil Organic Carbon Decision-Support Systems: Integrating Salience, Credibility and Legitimacy.

dc.contributor.advisorNost, Eric
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Aidan
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-13T13:58:02Z
dc.date.available2021-09-13T13:58:02Z
dc.date.copyright2021-09
dc.date.created2021-08-26
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Geography, Environment and Geomaticsen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmeGeographyen_US
dc.description.abstractHigh resolution digital soil maps and precision farm technologies are changing the way scientists, policy makers and land managers communicate the ecosystem service values of soils. Soil organic carbon decision-support systems are a way to combine human and computer power to better account for the multiple benefits of conserving carbon in agri-environmental decision-making. This study evaluates opportunities and barriers surrounding the adoption of SOC DSS on working lands in Southern Ontario by conducting document analysis, Q survey and semi-structured interviews with stakeholders in Ontario and the US. Applying the framework of salience, credibility and legitimacy, this research reveals insights to achieve more effective communication about SOC management with DSS by identifying four ways of thinking about their development, design and deployment. The current emphasis on precisely measuring and monitoring SOC has implications for working lands stakeholders due to the cost, complexity, rigidity and lack of social trust surrounding precision approaches.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe SSHRC Institutional Explore Program
dc.description.sponsorshipFood from Thought Digital Agriculture Research Fund
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/26394
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectsoil organic carbonen_US
dc.subjectsalienceen_US
dc.subjectcredibilityen_US
dc.subjectlegitimacyen_US
dc.subjectprecision conservationen_US
dc.subjectworking lands governanceen_US
dc.subjectsoil carbon science-policy-practiceen_US
dc.subjectdecision-support systemsen_US
dc.titleEvaluating Opportunities and Barriers of Soil Organic Carbon Decision-Support Systems: Integrating Salience, Credibility and Legitimacy.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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