Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics
Room 21 (30)
14:50 - 15:30
Chair/s:
Ingo Fetzer
Resilience planning for sea level rise adaptation: using advanced visualization techniques and participatory methods
Tugce Conger
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
Coastal communities are often vulnerable to various hazards and impacts of climate change because of the combined results of human action and inaction. Addressing this vulnerability and building resilience in local government scale requires two often overlooked components. First, it requires an enhanced understanding of the complex data on climate change and hazard impacts by local practitioners and residents. Here, visually presented information plays an important role to create a more meaningful way of communication in such complex issues because it increases perceiving information and forming responses by recipients. Advanced tools such as 3D and 4D (3D + temporal dimension) visualizations communicate spatial, temporal, structural and conceptual relationships in ways that are easier to comprehend; therefore, contribute in learning processes. Second, it requires an increased and active involvement of people who are impacted by these events, in various steps of the planning processes. The integration of key stakeholders early and often in the planning processes helps identification of culturally appropriate and socially valuable inputs, reduces conflict, and generates trust and commitment.

This case study research on the sea level rise adaptation planning of a coastal community in British Columbia, Canada investigates the role of advanced visualization techniques and participatory methods in a resilience-planning project framework. This presentation will (1) highlight the use of some of the emerging advanced tools in communicating climate change and hazard impacts on coastal areas and the participatory processes implemented in the research, (2) present the results of the research on the effectiveness of the advanced visualization tools and participatory processes, and (3) discuss the outcomes and lessons learned.

Presenter/s:
Tugce Conger
Presentation type:
Speed talk
Room:
Room 21 (30)
Chair/s:
Ingo Fetzer
Date:
Monday, 21 August
Time:
14:50 - 15:30
Session times:
14:50 - 15:30