This paper presents an action research project that developed and tested a participatory mapping methodology using Google Earth. The aim of the methodology was (1) to develop shared understandings among academics, the Rottnest Island Authority, and it’s stakeholders of the sustainability and climate change issues facing Rottnest Island, Australia; and (2) to enable these partners to collaboratively identify strategic pathways forward for the island. The strengths and challenges of the methodology are discussed.

Stocker, L., Burke, G., Kennedy, D., & Wood, D. (2012). Sustainability and climate adaptation: Using Google Earth to engage stakeholders. Ecological Economics, 80, 15-24. Full Text.