What is the goal?

The aim of the project is to demonstrate, apply and further develop in an operational context the previously developed CASYWat systems meta-model. The model will be placed within a participatory analytical and decision-making context to develop the ‘CASYWat-OP framework’ for wider application. The value of the resulting map can be seen in its ability to:

  • Map a set of interventions (leverage points) across the system, including technological, social and policy options.
  • Develop scenarios that we want to simulate as part of the Integrated Systems Water Management (ISWM) strategy development.

The benefits of this project to industry will be manifold. The model can facilitate decision-making around ISWM challenges where the collaboration and shared vision between multiple actors is necessary (see figure below). Thanks to the systems approach, the focus will shift from guidance on ‘what can be done’ to insights into ‘how it can be done’ from a systems integration perspective.

CityWat model

What are we working on?
The main priority is to deliver a systems map with the list of potential interventions in the context of the selected case study area. We will produce a final report on the operational implementation framework of the CASYWat-Op approach with the example of the case study.

What have we done to date?
We are finalising phase one of the project, to include:

  • Selection of the case study area.
  • Contact and ongoing interaction with the local stakeholders.
  • Collection of the relevant background material to create initial theoretical systems map. (TSM) based on the CASYWat framework.
  • Identification of initial likely questions/problems to be addressed.

How to engage with us?
For more information on the project or to get involved contact Dr Jeni Giambona, j.giambona@imperial.ac.uk.

Funding information
This research project is funded by the Environment Agency.