Generic integrative modelling approach to support well‐informed decision-making

Interdisciplinary knowledge integration is an essential element for climate services provision as it deals with the process of condensing multiple knowledge sources (climate models, economic models, hydrological models, etc) into a conjoint model that can be used to support science‐based user decisions.

To support the integration of knowledge in decision-making processes for better management of hydrological extreme events, the IMPREX project has chosen a Participatory System Dynamics Modelling approach, involving end-users from the very beginning in the model creation process.

We believe that knowledge, data and the priorities of stakeholders have a real impact on model development in terms of setting model assumptions and parameters.

Therefore, the first step of the IMPREX approach includes qualitative model development together with the end users. The subsequent step deals with quantitative model development in which different modelling components are integrated and adapted to the particularities of a region and the needs of end-users for decision support.

The video below shows a model integration effort by IMPREX which uses system dynamic modelling, combining hydrological, economic and climate model data components.

For more information on the Generic Integrative Modelling Approach, please see the IMPREX Deliverable report D13.1

 

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