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1. Fox, Jason. A Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Attractions Field-Tested in Subarctic and Maritime Climates.

Degree: MS, Department of Geography and Geology, 2019, Western Kentucky University

Tourism in cold and cool-climate regions is largely characterized by recreational and sightseeing activities at water-based natural attractions such as beaches, coastal cliffs, and waterfalls. While the economic benefits of the tourism industry can contribute to a sustainable future for these regions, the environmental implications of a hastilydeveloped industry cannot be ignored given that cold-climate and cool-climate landscapes are at risk of rapid environmental change from a warming climate and other environmental concerns. This study consisted of the development of the Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Sites, the first of its kind, and its application and refinement in the field at various water-based natural tourism sites in Iceland and the Washington Olympic Peninsula. As no direct precedent for the index exists, the creation of the initial index draft was informed by other environmental indices available from the literature in related disciplines. The index contains 44 visually-assessed indicators, each scored on a scale of zero to three regarding potential severity of environmental impact. As the index was applied throughout the two study regions, improvements were incorporated into the design so as to create a well-validated product that may be shared with tourism managers and developers and with researchers to aid in the continued expansion of literature on tourism-environment interactions. Advisors/Committee Members: Leslie North (Director), Jason Polk, David Keeling, Edward Huijbens.

Subjects/Keywords: Environmental Management; Environmental Index; Environmental Impact; Tourism Management; Environmental Health and Protection; Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment; Geomorphology; Physical and Environmental Geography; Tourism

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APA (6th Edition):

Fox, J. (2019). A Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Attractions Field-Tested in Subarctic and Maritime Climates. (Masters Thesis). Western Kentucky University. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/3140

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Fox, Jason. “A Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Attractions Field-Tested in Subarctic and Maritime Climates.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Western Kentucky University. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/3140.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Fox, Jason. “A Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Attractions Field-Tested in Subarctic and Maritime Climates.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Fox J. A Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Attractions Field-Tested in Subarctic and Maritime Climates. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/3140.

Council of Science Editors:

Fox J. A Tourism Impact Index for Water-Based Natural Attractions Field-Tested in Subarctic and Maritime Climates. [Masters Thesis]. Western Kentucky University; 2019. Available from: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/3140

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