New Waves April 2009

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Paper explores stakeholder preferences in environmental models

Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Dr. Ric Jenson, assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism at the University of South Dakota, recently published a paper, "Using communication research to gather stakeholder preferences to improve groundwater management models: a South Texas case study" in the Journal of Science Communication.

Jensen previously worked for the Texas Water Resources Institute for 23 years, most recently as an assistant research scientist.

The paper provides a series of arguments and approaches about the ways stakeholder issues have recently been incorporated into environmental models, briefly describes some of A&M-Kingsville's efforts to develop groundwater models that incorporate stakeholder inputs, and presents and discusses a method in which communication research can be used to obtain stakeholder preferences input into modeling efforts.

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