Engaging Communities with Participatory Modeling

We work locally with individuals who both affect and are affected by resource challenges to co-create simulations and visualizations that support decision-making. We collaborate with diverse groups to frame research questions, guide methodology and decide how to use results for action.

Corey White speaks at a TomorrowNow workshop

Place Matters

Computer models are essential for conceptualizing the complex processes that impact places where people live, work and play. We work with communities to co-create understanding of pressing challenges and support their decision-making.

In participatory research frameworks, diverse groups of people with personal or professional stakes in an issue work together to meet some resource challenge. Stakeholders collaborate to frame research questions, guide methodology and decide how to use results for action.

Participatory modeling involves collaboratively building and interpreting simulations that help with predicting alternative futures and weighing trade-offs. Geospatial participatory modeling (GPM) takes the process one step further by involving location-based simulations. GPM confers a range of benefits and is an emerging area of research.

Learn more about the interdisciplinary researchers advancing this frontier:

Faculty at the frontier


Pest and Pathogens

We partner with researchers, government agencies and other organizations in Oregon to manage the spread of sudden oak death disease. We work with the USDA and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to manage the spread of spotted lanternfly.

Urban Development

We work with local organizations and residents of the unincorporated settlement of Johns Island, South Carolina, to identify landscapes valuable for preservation and formulate urban development scenarios using geospatial models of future growth and sea level rise.

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