Decision Making and Geo-Literacy

"It is a combination of skills and understanding to make far-reaching decisions."
( Prof. Daniel C. Edelson)

"In a modern globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that people understand the world around them. Geo-literacy is the ability to use geographic understanding and geographic reasoning to make decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live, what precautions to take for natural hazards, or how to set up a manufacturing supply chain". It has three compounds Understanding human and natural system, Geographic reasoning and Systematic decision-making. Understanding systems and Geographic reasoning enable a geo-literate person to analyse the options in a decision while Systematic decision-making enables a geo-literate to weigh those options carefully.

Understanding human and natural systems: A geo-literate is able to reason about the creation, movement, and transformation of materials in human and natural systems.

Geographic reasoning: A geo-literate is able to reason about the characteristics of a location and its connections to other locations.

Systematic decision-making: A geo-literate is able to articulate decision-making criteria, project outcomes of alternatives, and evaluate those outcomes in terms of the established criteria.


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