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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Design of a decision support tool for visualising E. coli risk on agricultural land using a stakeholder-driven approach
Author(s): Oliver, David
Bartie, Phil
Heathwaite, A Louise
Pschetz, Larissa
Quilliam, Richard
Keywords: Diffuse pollution
Environmental risk
Faecal indicator organism
Participatory research
Stakeholder engagement
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Date Deposited: 12-May-2017
Citation: Oliver D, Bartie P, Heathwaite AL, Pschetz L & Quilliam R (2017) Design of a decision support tool for visualising E. coli risk on agricultural land using a stakeholder-driven approach. Land Use Policy, 66, pp. 227-234.
Abstract: Enabling knowledge exchange between scientists and decision-makers is becoming increasingly necessary to promote the development of effective decision-support tools (DSTs) for environmental management. Participation of stakeholders in the design process beyond a basic level of consultation is essential for promoting trust in modelled outputs and accelerating eventual uptake of resulting tools and models by end-user communities. This study outlines the development of a DST to visualise and communicate the spatial and temporal patterns ofE. coli(a faecal indicator organism) on agricultural land, as a first step in managing microbial pollution risks to the wider environment. A participatory approach was used to engage regulators, catchment managers, environmental scientists, farmers and farm advisors, researchers in geospatial technologies and water industry staff in the co-design of a novel, user-friendly and accessible DST for guiding on-farm microbial risk assessment. Recommendations for maximising the benefits of a participatory process to DST design are discussed with reference to a series of opportunities and limitations identified by our stakeholder cohort during the development of the Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk (ViPER) DST. The resulting toolkit provides environmental managers and farm advisors with one of the first freely-available DSTs for visualising patterns ofE. coliinputs to pasture in space and time, and begins to address the lack of advisory tools currently available for informing decision-making with respect to managing microbial risks in agricultural systems.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.05.005
Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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