HW16 Observations and Modelling of Land–Atmosphere–Society Interactions in Hydrology

IAHS (Hydrology)

25-Jun-2015, 16:30 - 18:00

Abstract content:

Coupled component modelling for inter- and transdisciplinary climate change impact research: Dimensions of integration and examples of interface design

In hydrological research the importance of interfaces between the traditional knowledge fields in natural and social sciences is increasingly recognized. By means of coupled component modelling, the process of developing interface designs supports communicative, social and cognitive integration between representatives of different knowledge fields. The task of integration is thereby not merely an additive procedure but has to be considered as important part of the research process itself. In our application, the development of a coupled component model facilitates an integrative assessment of the impact of climate change on snow conditions and skiing tourism in a typical Austrian ski resort. We elaborate the integration on two abstraction levels, a theoretical one and an applied one related to our case study. Other than model output, results presented here relate to the inter- and transdisciplinary development of the coupled component model and its interface design. We show how scientists from various disciplines and representatives from diverse societal fields jointly designed the interface tools. We identify joint model development - taking into consideration the different dimensions of integration - and recursive modelling as keys for successful inter- and transdisciplinary integration. Such integrative interface research can provide new insights which go beyond the sum of what can be learned from its disciplinary components.

U. Strasser1, U. Vilsmaier2, T. Marke1, F. Hanzer1,3, J. Stötter1.
1University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography, Innsbruck, Austria.
2Leuphana University, Center for Methods and Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, Lüneburg, Germany.


joint model development     recursive modelling     communicative integration     social integration     cognitive integration     task force     interface types     coupled component modelling