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Co-explore and ‘distil’ relevant information from data

Questions

  • Can specific information needs at relevant time and spatial scales now be articulated for particular decision-making processes or the development of plans, processes or tools? These information needs may be weather and climate-related but also wider e.g. groundwater abstraction and recharge rates, rates of population growth and projected water demand.
  • How can activities and engagements be designed to dig deeper into these information needs and co-explore the process, assumptions and trade-offs of distilling key messages from data? In relation to the generation of climate information, this is likely to involve exploring assumptions made by climate scientists e.g. how particular projections or plots have been developed, which models have been used and why, which downscaling methods and spatial resolutions have been used and why, and the levels of uncertainty associated with such information.
  • How can such sessions can be designed to be accessible to the varying levels of technical capacity and knowledge of participants? E.g. through the use of non-technical language and visuals. Alternatively, smaller technical working groups that can provide input and feedback to wider engagements with all participants may be more appropriate. Differentiated engagements with subsets of stakeholders are important to consider here.
  • How is data and information being communicated, shared and disseminated? How does this need to vary and be tailored to different groups e.g. technical staff, senior decision-makers, media etc?

Key resources to help answer these questions