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Scope of the 2016 workshop

The thematic scope of this year’s INQUIMUS workshop is on scenarios relevant for assessments of risks and vulnerabilities. Data gaps regarding the environmental and socioeconomic drivers of risk and vulnerability combined with methodological challenges hamper the development of such scenarios. This is particularly problematic given the need for scenarios by planners and decision-makers in the context of climate change adaptation as well as in disaster risk reduction. INQUIMUS 2016 will reflect on the following topics and welcomes abstracts covering one or more of the following questions:

> How do we build scenarios relevant for risk and vulnerability in disaster research and/or climate change adaptation?
> How do we build on existing socio-economic and environmental data to produce integrated scenarios?
> How do we bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative scenarios?
> How can we integrate our knowledge from the past into future projections?
> How can scenarios for risk and vulnerability assessments support better decision-making?
> What are the requirements for scenario-based approaches to be used in practice?
> What specific challenges exist in the development of scenarios and projections, for example regarding economic or population growth or anthropogenic activities (e.g., unrest, urbanization, land use/cover changes)?

INQUIMUS 2016 aims to provide a setting for generative conversations. In addition to the thematic questions above, we are interested in exploring the following guiding questions throughout the workshop:

> Why do we develop and use scenarios?
> What future possibilities of practice we want to serve with the development of scenarios for risk and vulnerability assessments?
> What are we trying to create?


The workshop will be moderated to foster a highly interactive and generative event. Conventional presentations will play a minor role. Invited keynotes will present the state-of-the-art of particular methods followed by a focused discussion on current achievements and challenges. Case studies will be presented as posters and will accompany the workshop to provide further insights into the application of methodologies.
The workshop will take place in Salzburg, Austria.

Scientific Committee

Extended Scientific Committee

- Marion Borderon (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg - Austria)
- Stefan Kienberger (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg - Austria)
- Stefan Schneiderbauer (EURAC - Italy)
- Marc Zebisch (EURAC - Italy)
- Peter Zeil (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg - Austria)

- Susan Cutter (HVRI, University of South Carolina - USA)
- Melanie Gall (HVRI, University of South Carolina - USA)
- Matthias Garschagen (United Nations University - UNU-EHS)
- Michael Hagenlocher (United Nations University - UNU-EHS)
- Andrea Critto (University Ca' Foscari Venice – Italy)
- Silvia Torresan (University Ca' Foscari Venice – Italy)

Call for abstracts

Participation is mainly by invitation. However, we would like to provide room for additional participants to present their findings. Interested participants should send an abstract (max 400 words), discussing the following issues:

>> Motivation for application and relevance to guiding questions listed above
>> Methods applied in scenario development
>> Achievements and challenges
>> Scientific merit and insights

IMPORTANT: We particularly welcome participation from researchers contributing to methodological advancements such as demographers, statisticians, and other related disciplines.

Please submit your abstract by June 15, 2016 to:
Successful applications will be informed by mid-July 2016.



Wednesday, 21. September (late afternoon) until
Friday, 23. September 2016 (mid afternoon)

University of Salzburg
Edmundsburg - Mönchsberg 2
5020 Salzburg | Austria



University of Salzburg
Dr. Stefan Kienberger
Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS
Schillerstrasse 30 | 5020 Salzburg | Austria