The 10th MMV Conference: Managing outdoor recreation experiences in the Anthropocene – Resources, markets, innovations
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted park visitation around the globe. In an effort to un-derstand the factors influencing these changes, nu-merous attempts have been made to use big data to monitor changes in park use (e.g., Venter et al., 2020). Google's Community Mobility Reports repre-sent a dataset with significant potential in this re-gard. Released in April 2020, these reports were gen-erated on the hypothesis that "aggregated, anony-mized data could be helpful [to] make critical deci-sions to combat COVID-19" (Fitzpatrick & DeSalvo, 2020, para. 1). The heading on the reports' website asks browsers to "see how your community is mov-ing around differently due to COVID-19" (Google 2020b). The data released through the reports are generated from "aggregated, anonymized sets of data from [Google] users who have turned on the Lo-cation History setting, which is off by default" (Google 2020b).
Visitor management, outdoor recreation, protected areas, nature based tourism
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Aas, Ø., Breiby, M., Selvaag, S.K., Eriksson, P-A, Børrestad, B. (eds.) 2021. The 10th MMV Conference: Managing outdoor recreation experiences in the Anthropocene – Resources, markets, innovations. – MINA fagrapport 73. 418 pp.