Natural Language Processing

Texts from various sources in the studied areas were gathered for analysis. This was done in attempt to find out the effects of Technology Induced Environmental Distancing ( TIED ), which describes how technology affects the public’s perceived availability of water. What TIED suggests is that as there is increased use of and reliance on technology, populations become more "distanced" from water resources, leading to potentially increased vulnerabilities. In this case, distancing signifies having less comprehension or sensitivity to environmental changes affecting water resources, specifically dealing with supply or water quality. Natural language processing is utilized here to identify key decision-makers and water management institutions throughout the Western United States. This enables us to determine how water systems are managed and what combinations of management network structures and social and environmental conditions might result in communities that are more or less vulnerable to environmental change and what the role TIED might play in this.