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Cognitive Structure of Climate Information System Actors:Using Causal Mapping Approach

Author(s): Maryam Sharifzadeh | Gholamhossein Zamani | Mohammadtaghi Iman | Ezatolah Karami

Journal: Journal of Applied Sociology
ISSN 2008-5745

Volume: 44;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Cognitive structure | Causal mapping | Case study | Climate information system | Agriculture

Promoting sustainability, productivity, efficiency, and development of agricultural sector are the functions of utilization of appropriate information in terms of agricultural climate information system (ACIS). In this regard, the main question is that, to what extent does the ACIS lead to or provide the necessary context for agricultural development? This research aimed to employ causal mapping approach to investigate cognitive structure of human actors in a climate information system. This explorative qualitative research used case study methodology. This paper is an examination and reflection upon analysis of qualitative data reports, with particular attention to the process of interactively elicited causal maps based on focus group interviews. An exploratory coding approach was used to identify concepts that emerged from the interview transcripts. The relevant knowledge is gathered through the tacit understandings of climate information producers (2 groups), extensionists (6 groups), and users (7 groups) in Fars province to reach to the point of redundancy. Investigating causal maps revealed that, actors perceived climate information system challenges as economic, information processing, socio-political, organizational, and technical challenges. The study provided some suggestions to reach to a responsive short term and sustainable long term climate information system in Fars province

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