“Å, nå telte han deg også” – er det noe vits da?
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Automatiske ferdselstellere benyttes i stadig flere naturområder. Vi får vite hvor mange mennesker som gikk her eller der. Vi sitter med et tall. Men hva sier tallene oss egentlig, og hvordan kan vi bruke dem i en adaptiv forvaltning?. "He counted me again" – what's the point with that? In an adaptive management approach in a national park setting, expert knowledge on a variety of topics is deemed crucial for securing a sufficient management. As such, this article looks into how data on outdoor recreational use, obtained through automatic people counters, can contribute. NINA has broad experience with use of such counters in numerous national parks in Norway. In this article, data from Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella and Dovre/Rondane national parks are being used to exemplify our scope. We aim at showing what kind of data automatic counters actually provide, and further; how these can be used in an adaptive management approach. Data from automatic counters provide information about use on the two dimensions of space/spatial distribution and distribution in time. We further show how these two dimensions can be split down on respectively three and four scales. In an adaptive management approach, counter data is especially applicable in phase I (knowledge gathering) and phase III (implementation and surveillance). adaptive management, national park, automatic people counters