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D1.4: Visualization of institutional networks and the flows of information used for making adaptation decisions in a range of policy contexts

 

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Abstract

This report provides guidance for the case study teams in Mediation on a socioinstitutional network mapping (SNM) approach that is a useful method of rapid visualisation of the institutional context in which adaptation decision-making is taking place. The guidance includes a literature review and a summary of research that has been done using this approach. There is discussion on the characteristics of networks produced using this approach, their use for adaptation planning, whether their topology can tell us anything about decisionframing and uncertainty and if there are any corresponding links to choices of tools. In addition, two methods for measuring adaptive capacity and diagnosing barriers to adaptation will be outlined as useful follow-up methods using results from SNM, which could also be useful next steps in the case studies. Finally, the SNM methodology is explained in detail by applications in 2 case studies – Spain and the UK.

The application of frameworks for adaptive capacity, quantitative analysis of social networks and the application of robust methods for screening adaptation options (Wilby & Dessai 2010), such as analytical hierarchical processing (AHP) (integrating approaches between WP1 and WP3 (economic costs)), will be the next phase of research in the case studies in Mediation. The results of the application of the above methods will populate the Adaptation Options Database (see Section 1 of D5.3) and further inform the development of the Integrated Methodology. All outputs from the case studies will be made available via the Mediation Common Platform.

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