Guiding models for adaptation planning

M.A.M. de Groot-Reichwein, H. Goosen, R.J.A. van Lammeren, V. Grond

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Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Province of Gelderland we have used guiding models as a design tool for adaptation planning during 15 workshops with municipalities. The concept of guiding models has been developed in the nineties by Tjallingii [2] to translate the principles of integrated water management in urban planning. The concept is based on the principle of the layer approach in which the natural is guiding the more dynamic strata of networks and occupation [3]. To see the natural substratum as an ordering and guiding system rather than a subject of ecological concern or reserve is the main principle of the layer approach. Here we demonstrate how the layer approach is also relevant in a context of adaptation planning by introducing the principles of adaptation to climate change into climate adaptation guiding models. We will demonstrate how the construction of climate adaptation guiding models took place in participatory context and how the use of climate adaptation guiding models can contribute to the information needs of policy makers at the local sale, leading to an increasing sense of urgency and integral adaptation planning process. Evaluation of the workshops clearly shows that the success of the climate adaptation guiding model depends on how a policy maker frames the context of adaptation planning. Based on the frame-based guide to situated decision-making on climate change of the Boer et al [4] we introduce an Information Visualisation Framework which links information needs to framed perceptions of adaptation planning and corresponding decision strategies by providing spatial impact information indicators and a corresponding visualisation technique. The Information Visualisation Framework is aiming at systematically clarifying, identifying and visualising user needs for adaptation planning. The development of the Information Visualisation Framework is part of a PhD research and will be further elaborated, applied and tested in the coming two years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference Landscape Ecology: Linking Environment and Society, 04-06 September, Edinburgh, UK
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventLandscape ecology: linking environment and society, Edinburgh, UK -
Duration: 4 Sept 20126 Sept 2012


ConferenceLandscape ecology: linking environment and society, Edinburgh, UK


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