Applying the Living Lab approach for climate services. A case study example from a Baltic coastal city

18:00 Tuesday 28 May




Bente Vollstedt (Germany) 1; Jana Koerth (Germany) 1; Athanasios Vafeidis (Germany) 1

1 - Kiel University

Climate change induced sea level rise (SLR) leads to diverse challenges for risk management and adaptation decisions, as coastal communities need to adapt to increasing coastal flood risk. In order to support the adaptation process in coastal communities, it is important to transform climate information into valuable and useable climate services for decision-makers. This study employs the Living Lab approach for the co-creation of useful climate services by engaging local stakeholders of Flensburg. In the past, this user-centred approach has been used for the co-creation and innovation of services in different fields but has so far not been applied in the frame of coastal adaptation planning.

In the context of the EVOKED project, we adapt the Living Lab approach for the development of climate services with the aim to support coastal adaptation planning in the city of Flensburg, which is located at the Baltic Sea in the north of Germany. As sea-level rise is an emerging topic in this community, we work closely together with end-users from the city of Flensburg. Our Living Lab approach consists of four phases: ‘co-design’, ‘co-development’, ‘co-validation’ and ‘co-evaluation’ and needs to be seen as an iterative process.

The co-design phase focuses on the Living Lab set up in Flensburg and the identification of information needs and of the stakeholders to be involved. The co-development process concentrates on the production and visualisation of climate services and other valuable climate information to initiate the adaptation process. Different products, such as local flood hazard maps for increasing the awareness among stakeholders and information such as local socio-economic scenarios are developed. These first items of information and services are validated and evaluated in a local stakeholder workshop. Feedback is integrated to improve their usability. As this is an iterative process, further services will be developed in the progress of the project.

Preliminary results suggest that the Living Lab approach is suitable for the co-creation of climate services and has been instrumental in initiating a coastal adaptation process in Flensburg.