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Using a Scenario Method to Engage Stakeholders in Envisioning and Assessing Bioenergy Futures

April 8, 2014 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Presenter 
Joan Iverson Nassauer, University of Michigan
Location 
Building 362, Room E388
Type 
Seminar
Abstract:
Stakeholders can be engaged in both developing and assessing alternative scenarios for future landscapes that incorporate bioenergy crops. This scenario method employs GIS-based models to develop alternative landscape futures and to assess their performance on multiple functions.

It engages stakeholders by being both highly iterative (engaging different stakeholders at different stages of the process), and highly visual (asking stakeholders to respond to real landscapes or to realistic visualizations of landscapes). In this scenario method, real landscapes and visualizations operate as "boundary objects", allowing scientists from different disciplines and stakeholders to respond to the same "picture" of an alternative future. This seminar will detail an application of this method for Corn Belt agricultural watersheds.

About the Presenter:
Joan Iverson Nassauer, FASLA, FCELA investigates public acceptance and cultural sustainability of ecological design for metropolitan, agricultural, and transportation landscapes. Recognized by the International Association for Landscape Ecology, her research and practice bases design and planning on strong science, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative engagement with policy.

The author of more than 70 refereed papers and books, she addressed ecological design in Placing Nature (Island Press 1997), and showed how to use scenario approaches to integrated assessment in From the Corn Belt to the Gulf (RFF Press 2007).