K13. What should we be teaching the next generation? Identifying core modelling practices

Models play a key role in understanding and managing socio-environmental issues. Successful models help integrate various sources of data, perspectives and knowledge, facilitate stakeholder participation, and support decision making. Such success depends on the use of effective practices throughout the model development lifecycle starting from defining objectives till using the model to draw insights and recommendations. From an interdisciplinary research perspective, access to best modeling practices is often limited because these practices are often captured and evaluated from a single field or disciplinary viewpoint and in a vacuum from what stakeholders think and need. This session aims to identify and articulate core modelling practices including products and methods that are accessible and relevant to different disciplinary and stakeholder perspectives.

Your paper should address the following fundamental question: From an interdisciplinary perspective, what are the core practices that should be employed in developing and using models to support integrated resource management?