Exploring spatial decision making through online GIS


Introduction

The website allows you to participate in the planning and siting of 'our' nuclear waste and provides information about the decision-making processes involved. Once decisions have been made about how to manage nuclear waste, the next question is how we go about deciding where the most suitable location for disposal or storage is.

In the past the nuclear industry has been accused of being too secretive and operating in ways which have ignored the opinions of the general public. It is timely to carry out examination of the spatial aspects of nuclear waste management as the UK Government has recently embarked on a new consultation exercise looking at ways of managing radioactive waste safely.

To complete this eMapScholar demonstration project you must progress through the following 9 stages to complete the online decision support system:

Step 1: Statement of the aims and learning outcomes
Step 2: Introduction to the exercise and explanations of how the system works
Step 3: Introduction to nuclear waste issues
Step 4: Introduction to current nuclear waste policy and public participation
Step 5: The mapping system, online GIS and the geography of the problem
Step 6: User profile and initial placement of a nuclear waste disposal site
Step 7: The online mapping system and decision support
Step 8: Feedback and questionnaire
Step 9: Exit


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