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Interactive marine spatial planning: siting tidal energy arrays around the Mull of Kintyre


Alexander, KA and Janssen, R and Arciniegas, G and O'Higgins, TG and Eikelboom, T and Wildling, TA, Interactive marine spatial planning: siting tidal energy arrays around the Mull of Kintyre, PLoS ONE, 7, (1) Article e30031. ISSN 1932-6203 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030031


The rapid development of the offshore renewable energy sector has led to an increased requirement for Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and, increasingly, this is carried out in the context of the ‘ecosystem approach’ (EA) to management. We demonstrate a novel method to facilitate implementation of the EA. Using a real-time interactive mapping device (touch table) and stakeholder workshops we gathered data and facilitated negotiation of spatial trade-offs at a potential site for tidal renewable energy off the Mull of Kintyre (Scotland). Conflicts between the interests of tidal energy developers and commercial and recreational users of the area were identified, and use preferences and concerns of stakeholders were highlighted. Social, cultural and spatial issues associated with conversion of common pool to private resource were also revealed. The method identified important gaps in existing spatial data and helped to fill these through interactive user inputs. The workshops developed a degree of consensus between conflicting users on the best areas for potential development suggesting that this approach should be adopted during MSP.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine spatial planning, renewable energy, ecosystem approach, conflict management
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Human geography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
ID Code:107746
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:58
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-03-23
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