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dc.contributor.authorBush, Drew  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorHoagland, Porter  Concept link
dc.description© The Author(s), 2015. This is the author's version of the work and is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Ocean & Coastal Management 120 (2016): 70-79, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.11.018.en_US
dc.description.abstractDuring ten-plus years of debate over the proposed Cape Wind facility off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the public’s understanding of its environmental, economic, and visual impacts matured. Tradeoffs also have become apparent to scientists and decision-makers during two environmental impact statement reviews and other stakeholder processes. Our research aims to show how residents’ opinions changed during the debate over this first-of-its-kind project in relation to understandings of project impacts. Our methods included an examination of public opinion polls and the refereed literature that traces public attitudes and knowledge about Cape Wind. Next we conducted expert elicitations to compare trends with the level of understanding held by small groups of scientists and Cape Cod stakeholders. Our review found that Massachusetts residents became more supportive of the project while our research demonstrated the gap between scientific and lay knowledge diminished late in the debate. To facilitate planning for other offshore energy projects, we recommend steps to move the public to an informed position more quickly.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipA Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-Duke University Fellowship made this research collaboration possibleen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectWind poweren_US
dc.subjectPublic opinionen_US
dc.subjectExpert elicitationen_US
dc.titlePublic opinion and the environmental, economic and aesthetic impacts of offshore winden_US

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