This website is about Community Modelling, it explains how to use this method and tells you where to find more information.
Community Modelling (CM) is a way for local people to access the tools used by scientists and authorities to manage environmental problems.
It brings local people's knowledge together with environmental science and uses computer models to examine local issues.
Community Modelling is particularly useful for volunteer groups who produce detailed knowledge about local environments and want to communicate with decision makers.
People, ideas and tools
Local and scientific knowledge
Local environmental problems with scientific tools
Knowledge about local environments
Detailed, precise, people-based; hard to organise and communicate.
Averaged, systematic, instrument-based; fails to recognise local specificity.
Bridges the gap by tailoring scientific tools for local use.
Community Modelling explained by Sarah Whatmore.
The idea behind the website by Sarah Whatmore.
CM1 The Collaboration
The first Community Modelling project involved a social scientist and a scientific modeller from the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University collaborating with Thames 21 officers focussing particularly on the River Lea. »
CM1 The Process
The participants decided that Giamba, the scientific modeller, would set up the INCA model to represent Salmons Brook, where Thames 21 volunteers had constructed three new wetlands in order to improve the water quality. »
CM2 The Collaboration
CM1 The Model
The first Community Modelling project used the INCA model to analyse water quality around newly constructed wetlands in Salmons Brook. »
CM1 The River
The first Community Modelling project focussed on analysing nutrient levels in Salmons Brook in East London a tributary to the River Lea. »
CM2 The Model
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