Stephen R. J. Sheppard

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This paper examines the emerging role of digital tools in a collaborative planning process for British Columbia's Bowen Island. The goal of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 'digital workshop', combining the interactive CommunityViz tool with the immersive lab facilities at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP). In(More)
'Virtual globe' software systems such as Google Earth are growing rapidly in popularity as a way to visualise and share 3D environmental data. Scientists and environmental professionals, many of whom are new to 3D modeling and visual communications, are beginning routinely to use such techniques in their work. While the appeal of these techniques is(More)
Forest management decisions are often based on long-range projections of future forest conditions. These conditions and effects can be complex and difficult to understand for those not trained or experienced in forest management. Modern computer-based environmental data visualization systems have been found to be of considerable assistance in this context.(More)
There is a substantial gap between awareness and action on sustainability issues. This paper addresses the potential of landscape visualisation, integrated with other participatory modelling tools and disseminated through the mechanism of community visioning hubs, in advancing peoples’ awareness of sustainability issues such as climate change, and possibly(More)
Energy has become an important topic for policy makers, industry, and householders globally (e.g., IEA-International Energy Agency, 2015). Changing the way we generate and use energy could make a huge contribution to reducing carbon emissions and help address climate change. There is also concern over energy security where energy is imported from other(More)
In recent years, we have seen a great deal of expansion in our knowledge of forest ecosystems and the underlying management dimensions that support decision-making in this context. Forestry, much like other natural resource management disciplines, is faced with the challenge of integrating information from many different perspectives often with limited(More)
ness of Future Outcomes (Construal Level) Trope and Liberman10,52,81 coined the term psychological distance to ‘describe the subjective experience that something is close or far away from the self, here, now’ (Ref 81, p. 440). As mentioned above, in addition to temporal distance, these authors argue that space, social distance and even hypotheticality are(More)
Virtual globes, i.e., geobrowsers that integrate multi-scale and temporal data from various sources and are based on a globe metaphor, have developed into serious tools that practitioners and various stakeholders in landscape and community planning have started using. Although these tools originate from Geographic Information Systems (GIS), they have become(More)
This paper describes a research project exploring future urban forests. This study uses a Delphi approach to develop a set of key indicators for healthy, resilient urban forests. Two groups of experts participated in the Delphi survey: International academics and local practitioners. The results of the Delphi indicate that “urban tree diversity” and(More)