Participatory Catchment Modeling for Sustainable Water Management

Project: Research


The DEMO-Project explores the theory and practice of how numerical models may facilitate decsion-making processes based on local participation. Prerequisites for producing and mediating model-based informaton, with focus on riverine nutrient transport, is acquired by integration of social and natural sciences.

The projec is based on an interactive process, called participatory modelling, which aims to achieve a common acceptance of problem definition and effects of various measures, between groups of stakeholders and experts. Different stakeholders knowledge, requests and needs, are considered through an interactive dialogue between modellers, stakeholders, and policy makers.

Stakeholders are also active in generation of data (i.e. through participatory monitoring), and in validation of model resuls against local knowledge. Initially, previous experiences of using model as a communication tool in water management in Sweden and internationally are synthesised.

Through this synthesis, and repeated meetings and inteviews, a process, which aims to facilitate model-assisted dialogues about environmental problems is designed.

The project includes the improvement of techniques for Communication of model results to non-experts. The project does also consider interactions between the regional, local and super-local levels both from a natural and social scientific perspective. Moreover, available models are adapted and new numerical models of nutrient flow to relevant special and temporal scales are developed.
Effective start/end date2005/08/022009/10/01

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
  • Linköping University