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The use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) for park visitor management: A case study of mountain biking

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Spatially-explicit participatory planning is a relatively new approach for managing visitors to protected areas. In this study we used public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) mapping and global positioning system (GPS) tracking to monitor mountain bikers frequenting national parks for tourism and recreation in Northern Sydney, Australia. PPGIS was implemented using both an internet application and with hardcopy maps in the field. Our research addressed two fundamental questions for park planning: (1) What is the spatial distribution of visitor activities and location-specific reasons for riding; and (2) What location-specific actions are needed to improve riding experiences? The spatial distributions of riding activities generated in PPGIS showed strong correlation with the GPS tracking results, with riding locations being related to the reasons for track selection. Riders proposed a broad range of management actions to improve riding experiences. PPGIS mapping provides a cost-effective approach to facilitate spatial decision making, allowing park agencies to prioritise future visitor management actions. We discuss the strengths and limitations of these research methods.

UOW Authors


  •   Wolf, Isabelle
  •   Wohlfart, Teresa (external author)
  •   Brown, Greg (external author)
  •   Bartolome Lasa, Abraham (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Wolf, I. D., Wohlfart, T., Brown, G. & Bartolome Lasa, A. (2015). The use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) for park visitor management: A case study of mountain biking. Tourism Management: research, policies, practice, 51 112-130.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84934874162

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 112

End Page


  • 130

Volume


  • 51

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Spatially-explicit participatory planning is a relatively new approach for managing visitors to protected areas. In this study we used public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) mapping and global positioning system (GPS) tracking to monitor mountain bikers frequenting national parks for tourism and recreation in Northern Sydney, Australia. PPGIS was implemented using both an internet application and with hardcopy maps in the field. Our research addressed two fundamental questions for park planning: (1) What is the spatial distribution of visitor activities and location-specific reasons for riding; and (2) What location-specific actions are needed to improve riding experiences? The spatial distributions of riding activities generated in PPGIS showed strong correlation with the GPS tracking results, with riding locations being related to the reasons for track selection. Riders proposed a broad range of management actions to improve riding experiences. PPGIS mapping provides a cost-effective approach to facilitate spatial decision making, allowing park agencies to prioritise future visitor management actions. We discuss the strengths and limitations of these research methods.

UOW Authors


  •   Wolf, Isabelle
  •   Wohlfart, Teresa (external author)
  •   Brown, Greg (external author)
  •   Bartolome Lasa, Abraham (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Wolf, I. D., Wohlfart, T., Brown, G. & Bartolome Lasa, A. (2015). The use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) for park visitor management: A case study of mountain biking. Tourism Management: research, policies, practice, 51 112-130.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84934874162

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 112

End Page


  • 130

Volume


  • 51

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom