Scenario communication, co-production and visualization

Organizers: Kasper Kok (University of Wageningen), Elmar Kriegler (PIK)

research SESSION

The richness of scenarios available and the wealth of information they contain provide an invaluable opportunity for communication and cooperation. Novel forms of communication open up new channels for comprehensive communication of complex content. To further involve stakeholders directly via co-production of scenarios is a powerful means, as it integrates their perspectives on what is important or uncertain.

Format: The session will be a hybrid with a first part consisting of two invited talks plus several talks selected from submitted abstracts on the state-of-the art of scenario communication and co-production, followed by a hands-on workshop to showcase visualization techniques. Those submitting abstracts can also propose to participate in the demonstration of visualization techniques, although that is not required.

We invite abstracts on the following topics of interest:

*Novel forms of communication

The internet and all possible forms of multimedia allow to transfer complex information in an unprecedented way. Webinars, video abstracts, games are examples for channels that provide intuitive and efficient access to information. Embracing these technologies can enhance the impact of scenarios, as important decision-makers could directly enter a world that was captured in the expert-box before.


At the sub-global scale, co-production is common practice in many scenario development processes, including those related to the global IPCC SRES scenarios. Apart from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a disconnect exists between the huge knowledge base of co-production techniques and the practice of global scenario development. Abstracts of interest include those presenting successfull examples - stand-alone but also related to the SSPs and other global scenarios, also to facilitate discussions between sub-global practitioners and global experts.

*Climate services and visualization

Both co-production and communication can benefit from being more service-oriented and looking at scenarios from the perspective of stakeholders. Data visualization science and experiments on how to best represent scenarios data become crucial to shed light on the ways we can improve the way we communicate. This workshop aims to explore these questions of communication of and visualization of scenarios data.