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Evan Barba, Robin Dillon-Merrill, Uwe Brandes, and Peter P. Marra

Georgetown University

We describe a framework for deploying agent-based models as a tool for decision-making during resilience planning, with an emphasis on flood mitigation. Prior work has demonstrated that agent-based models can be effective tools for modelling evolving community flood resilience and risk perception when they incorporate elements of individual decision-making. We argue for extending this methodology and incorporating it into regional infrastructure and resilience planning in order to 1) create more distributed and robust green infrastructure implementations and performance management systems; 2) provide a critique and alternatives to existing planning and delivery processes based on public sector jurisdictional boundaries; and, 3) validate and improve the modelling process by connecting it directly to stakeholder decision-making processes. This final point will effectively merge these systems-centric modelling approaches with human-centred community organising that employs various co-design methods.

In regard to the ABMs, co-design methods can be a useful source of real-world data about individual decision-making that can inform and validate iterations of the models. For stakeholders, they can be a valuable source of information and education about flood risk and climate-related impacts that might not be available through other channels. And finally, hands-on workshops coupled with potential small implementation grants can be effective ways of providing skills and incentives to stakeholders who may wish to undertake projects on their own property, reshaping the way green infrastructure planning and implementation can be accomplished.

KEYWORDS: systemic design, boundary critique, resilience, flooding, recursive design

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Author(s): Evan Barba, Robin Dillon-Merrill, Uwe Brandes, and Peter P. Marra
Year: 2022
Title: Breaking Boundaries in Resilience Planning
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 096
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/breaking-boundaries-in-resilience-planning
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 23 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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