Tool name * MIDAS

MIDAS (Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System) offers managers and other users of MMAs (marine managed areas) around the world the capability to analyze outcomes that result from the interaction of governance, socioeconomic and ecological factors. The Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System (MIDAS) is a software tool that was developed with three main objectives in mind:

  1. to assist the Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) users and managers in understanding the critical factors that influence the MMA's effects so that they can plan accordingly;
  2. to estimate likely MMA effects based on the ecological, socioeconomic and governance conditions;
  3. and finally, to advise management plan revisions that will result in optimization of outcomes and outputs.
Category All, Decision Support, Governance, Impact Assessment, Spatial Planning, Visualization
What step(s) in analysis framework 2b, 5, 6, 7
What step(s) in Governance framework

Fifteen Critical Determining Factors (CDFs) relevant across all MMA sites were selected for use in MIDAS. There are five CDFs for each of the following categories: governance, socioeconomic and ecological. The user must input a value for each CDF from the linguistic scale pull-down menu available for each CDF.

Data Quality Required

Modification Required

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Expertise Required

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Spatial and Temporal

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