Communicating Modeled Information for Adaptation Decision Making

Communicating Modeled Information for Adaptation Decision Making

The best way to develop and communicate site-specific strategies for climate change adaptation is to integrate stakeholders' perspectives with scenarios generated by regional models, a report from the World Resources Institute finds. Communicating Modeled Information for Adaptation Decision Making (12 pages, PDF), a case study of a project that recommended climate mitigation strategies for the distribution of water resources in northern India, describes consultations where local stakeholders at the state, district, and community levels shared their views on key hazards, vulnerabilities, impacts, and adaptive capacities. Those views were then supplemented by discussions of model-generated scenarios. Ultimately, the project team developed four strategies for disseminating information to stakeholders: present information through semi-structured interviews and workshops; localize information by providing site-specific material in vernacular languages; be short and clear with targeted information; and present uncertainties clearly through "what if" scenarios.