×I2. Practices, tools and methods to support and improve model-based decision-making process

Despite advances in "model-based decision making" processes, there remains a distinct gap between its theory and practice, particularly about socio-environmental problems. Much research has been performed to study and improve "socio-environmental modelling", focusing primarily on its technical aspects. However, a modelling process should be considered as a social process and not just a technical procedure.

The modelling pathway contains a series of interactive methodological choices in all steps such as problem scoping, framing the decision problem, evaluating possible solutions, and making recommendations. These methodological choices are influenced by a variety of influential and human factors originating from the cognitive, behavioural, and mental frameworks of modellers, decision makers and other stakeholders. The impact of these human factors on the modelling process should be studied, documented and recognised. The model will be used by decision makers and the result should be trusted by stakeholders; accessibility, reproducibility, and transparency of the model are as important as the accuracy and precision of the results.

This session aims to discuss the practices, tools, and methods that modellers can use to improve the modelling process and make it more accessible, reproducible, transparent and useful for decision makers and stakeholders. The session invites papers that provide case studies and research insights into the modelling processes.

Papers are welcomed from a wide range of application domains including (but not limited to) : water management, socio-environmental modelling, behavioural aspects of modelling, and participatory engagement.

Key topics: Modelling, Socio-environmental systems, Decision-making support, Accessibility