CM1 The Process


Participating in the first Community Modelling session were the scientists and the Thames 21 officers. They 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. After the wetlands were completed local volunteers had been collecting monitoring data for a year and these could be used in the model to analyse the effectiveness of the interventions.


The second session took place in the evening so that the volunteers working in Salmons Brook could join. To start with Giamba showed the 15 people present how he had set up the INCA model to represent Salmons Brook with the new wetlands under different conditions. Then we formed two breakout groups, each with a laptop with the model set up on them. Aimee was in charge of one and John of the other. Giamba guided the groups through the steps of starting and running the model and viewing the results. The whole group discussed the value of using a computer model to analyse the effectiveness of the wetlands.


In session three the same people as in session one, with some people from the second session, met in Thames 21's central office in the City of London. The two-hour meeting was spent working through how to initiate and run the INCA model for nutrients in Salmons Brook. Giamba went through the process step-by-step and the group followed his instructions on laptops while Catharina, the facilitator, video filmed the steps. At the end of the session a USB memory with the INCA model set up for Salmons Brook was handed over to Thames 21 for future use with new monitoring data gathered by the volunteers.


Videos about the CM1 Process

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