Paper/Poster/Presentation Title

Integrating transdisciplinary knowledge to support adaptation management

Keywords

participatory modelling, integration of knowledge

Start Date

26-6-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

27-6-2018 10:20 AM

Abstract

We aim at providing a guideline for knowledge integration essential for adaptation. Aim is also to reduce ambiguities in understanding complex adaptation problems and this way address concisely the needs and challenges of transdisciplinary knowledge integration (TKI), coming from different sources (formal and non-formal), at different temporal and local scales and under different socio-economic influences. TKI is an essential element for climate services co-development, starting the process of condensing multiple knowledge sources into a conjoint model that can be used to support science-based user decisions.

This paper would show how integration could happen, taking as an example the Jucar River Basin – SPAIN. This basin is one of the most vulnerable areas to droughts in the western Mediterranean region with highly recurrent drought and flood episodes characteristic of the Mediterranean rivers. Its needs for adaptation are imperative to support the region in the future toward a sustainable well-being economy. We aim for up-scalability and transferability of the results to other areas.

Our approach is intended to address the incomplete knowledge of a complex system dynamic to support well-informed decisions and policy making for adaptation. It follows the subsequent structure:

a) problem identification and structuring using individual model building exercises;

b) problem analysis using group model building exercises;

c) a family of coupled models (with different complexity levels) to provide results that can be used at the local level for making decisions, and

d) simulations showing efficiency tendencies when it comes to the optimization of the decision process.

Stream and Session

Stream C: Integrated Social, Economic, Ecological, and Infrastructural Modeling

C1: Participatory Modelling, Ambiguity and the Challenges of Being Inclusive

or

C5: Participatory Modelling 2.0: Interfaces, Tools, Methods and Approaches for Linking Stakeholders Decisions, and Environmental Modelling

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Integrating transdisciplinary knowledge to support adaptation management

We aim at providing a guideline for knowledge integration essential for adaptation. Aim is also to reduce ambiguities in understanding complex adaptation problems and this way address concisely the needs and challenges of transdisciplinary knowledge integration (TKI), coming from different sources (formal and non-formal), at different temporal and local scales and under different socio-economic influences. TKI is an essential element for climate services co-development, starting the process of condensing multiple knowledge sources into a conjoint model that can be used to support science-based user decisions.

This paper would show how integration could happen, taking as an example the Jucar River Basin – SPAIN. This basin is one of the most vulnerable areas to droughts in the western Mediterranean region with highly recurrent drought and flood episodes characteristic of the Mediterranean rivers. Its needs for adaptation are imperative to support the region in the future toward a sustainable well-being economy. We aim for up-scalability and transferability of the results to other areas.

Our approach is intended to address the incomplete knowledge of a complex system dynamic to support well-informed decisions and policy making for adaptation. It follows the subsequent structure:

a) problem identification and structuring using individual model building exercises;

b) problem analysis using group model building exercises;

c) a family of coupled models (with different complexity levels) to provide results that can be used at the local level for making decisions, and

d) simulations showing efficiency tendencies when it comes to the optimization of the decision process.