Learn more about the project: Systems Modeling: a pioneer tool in Chile

February 20th, 2020

The impact of climate change on the territories and associated socio-ecological systems are many and are notoriously difficult to predict. This gap limits the ability of regional governments and their communities to face threats and take advantage of the opportunities associated with this phenomenon.

The real challenge for the future is to be able to cover the complexity of socio-ecological systems, which is solved with more technologies, meaning, with technical innovations related to the needs and challenges imposed by climate change.

In this context, the modeling of socio-ecological systems is a powerful tool for the systematic, integrated and replicable exploration of risks and opportunities associated with climate change. This tool in turn serves as an input for planning of regional policies for climate change adaptation, particularly those developed in the framework of the Regional Development Strategies (ERD), which are the main regional planning instrument that guides actions and instruments of public financing.

The data that is currently handled and that is collected by various national and international institutions contains valuable information that can feed the development of systems models. However, for this to happen, it is necessary to take a leap in integration, to better understand that data, track it in time and space and manage it in an agile way.

The objective of this project is to support the regional governance and adaptation to climate change through the development, validation and transfer of modeling tools, explicit evaluation and communication of opportunities, threats and uncertainties associated with future climate change scenarios in the Chilean Patagonia , which will be carried out through concrete communication tools such as software, data libraries and scenario visualisations.

These interactive tools seek to integrate existing data and metadata associated with climate change in the Chilean Patagonia, to support the visualisation of the results of climate change scenario evaluations including risks and opportunities.