Systemic Decision Support Tool for Online Application to Aid NBS Co-creation

Fábio Matos*, Rita Mendonça, Peter Roebeling, Piersaverio Spinnato, Giovanni Aiello, Rúben Mendes, Maria Isabel Bastos, Max López-Maciel, Antonino Sirchia

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The world is facing numerous environmental challenges due to global change. These come in the form of air and water pollution, heat islands, floods, sprawl and gentrification issues, which stand as threats to citizen health, predominantly in urbanized areas, where most of the population is concentrated. It is now more than ever necessary to provide relevant information and help decision makers adopt measures for a green transition, which can be achieved by implementing nature-based solutions (NBS). The systemic decision support tool (SDST) and associated NBS simulation visualization tool (NBS-SVT) is a two-part online application that stores and manages technical multi-disciplinary data models concerning urban heat, air quality, flooding, and sprawl, gentrification and real-estate valuation, displaying them in the form of interactive and easy to digest geographical information. The application aims to help co-creation processes and decision making by showing the results of urban simulations with no action compared to NBS implementation across different climate scenarios. The aim of this paper is to present the SDST/NBS-SVT, explain its functioning and structure, as well as its capabilities for use in informed co-creation processes. The SDST/NBS-SVT has already been used in a number of workshops and online sessions, proving its potential as a means to transmit technical information in an easily understandable manner that can reach audiences with any level of technical knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Metropolitan Perspectives - Post COVID Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationGreen and Digital Transition, between Metropolitan and Return to Villages Perspectives
EditorsFrancesco Calabrò, Lucia Della Spina, María José Piñeira Mantiñán
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783031068249
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
Event5th International Symposium on New Metropolitan Perspectives, NMP 2022 - Reggio Calabria, Italy
Duration: 25 May 202227 May 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume482 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference5th International Symposium on New Metropolitan Perspectives, NMP 2022
CityReggio Calabria


  • Co-creation
  • Decision making
  • Decision support
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Online application
  • Simulation


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