Orgnized by Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology, University of Stuttgart
For too long the results of numerical models conceived for environmental management have had poor uptake by those who may greatly benefit from them. Given that we may only have one or two decades left to try to provide solutions to the problems caused by accelerating environmental change, getting the interface right between modellers and intended users of models is extremely important. Recognising the seriousness of this problem, a workshop was convened as a 1st step on the path to finding solutions. The aim of the workshop was to explore the gap between model developers and decision makers including policy makers to identify problems and to develop a longterm research agenda to solve them.
The workshop was held over two days at the Universität Stuttgart and organised jointly with the British Geological Survey (BGS). It involved parties in the numerical modelling-policy interface, mainly from Europe (Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France and Norway), but also including delegates from the USA, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan and Pakistan. After a day of talks by academics, government research institutes, and EU officials, to enable everyone to get on the same level, the second day consisted of break-out groups to discuss three particular issues. These were the model-policy interface with particular reference to a specific sectors (e.g. water-hazards, adaptation to climate change), how the numerical modelling- policy interface differs in different parts of the world, and the nature of the network to be set-up after the workshop. The break-out groups were attended by all the workshop delegates and the results of the break-out groups were summarized in a plenary session. The presentations were followed by roundtable discussions involving all participants.