Social Perceptions, Water Use and Climate Change

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Investigation of social-ecological relationships

Image showing a text mining approach to understanding qualitative data and how it can inform social perceptions of hydrologic change

This research project, currently funded by a $1.49 million NSF grant, focuses on water use, human perceptions, and environmental change.

The project aims to explore the role of environmental distancing on how people perceive hydrologic change as it affects water quality and quantity and how that influences people's use of water resources.

The project applies text mining, social-ecological modeling, and other methods to address the research problems.

Related outputs

  • Altaweel, M. and Bone, C. 2012. Applying content analysis for investigating the reporting of water issues.  Computer, Environment and Urban SystemsAvailable online here»

  • Altaweel, M. Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Bone, C. 2010. Monitoring land use: Capturing change through an information fusion approach. Sustainability 2(5):1182-1203.
  • Altaweel, M. Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2009. Forecasting resilience in Arctic societies: Creating tools for assessing social-hydrological systems. JAWRA 45(6):1379-1389.


  • National Science Foundation (US)

Project Leader:

Project Partners:

  • Lilian Alessa (University of Alaska)
  • Andrew Kliskey (University of Alaska)
  • Richard Lammers (University of New Hampshire)


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