Analyzing Spatial Variability of Social Preference for the Everglades Restoration in the Face of Climate Change Thesis

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Sikder, Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal


  • The South Florida Everglades is a unique ecosystem. Intensive water management in the system has facilitated agricultural, urban, and economic development. The Everglades offers a variety of ecosystem services (ES) to the people living in this region. Nevertheless, the ecosystem is under imminent threat of climate change, which would alter the way water is managed today and ultimately affect the ES offered by the system. On the other hand, substantial restoration is underway that aims to restore the Everglades closer to its historic condition. This research tried to map the public’s preference for Everglades restoration. Using a geocoded discrete-choice survey dataset, the study showed variation in the public’s preference by changing the levels of ES. Additionally, the general public’s attitude toward climate change risk to the Everglades and preference for mitigation were also assessed using the survey data.

publication date

  • June 16, 2016


  • Choice experiment
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Everglades
  • Public perception
  • Restoration
  • Spatial heterogeneity
  • Survey

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