Work Package 1

Understanding the dynamics of transformation and principles of adaptation

This WP focuses on developing new techniques and approaches to better inform decision-makers and stakeholders in participatory processes on the potential of integrated adaptation measures and potential of adaptation planning. The WP asks:

  • What dynamics of change and transformational cycles at the building, district and urban landscape level offer opportunities for implementing adaptation measures?
  • What (regional) design principles may increase adaptive capacity and mitigate flood risk in the urban landscape at multiple scales?


The WP will employ innovative GIS-based explorative mapping methods and operations (e.g. map dissection, spatial association analysis, map comparison and automated analysis) to explain the relation between local and larger scale dynamics in the past and present.

These will be used as a basis for incremental and transformative options for developing adaptive capacity.

The first level of dynamics to be addressed is related to the natural environment and is characterized by a slow, almost imperceptible, process of change, repetition and natural cycles at the scale of the region or beyond. The second level of dynamics is related to the long-term social, economic and cultural history at the middle scale.

The third level of dynamics is that of short-term developments, related to stakeholders and politics at the local scale. Based on this understanding eco-dynamic (regional) design strategies are explored to provide opportunities for nature in urban development processes. Furthermore adaptive principles are identified that ensure water safety and inclusive socio-ecological design.

WP1 provides input for WP3 regarding theoretical backgrounds, mapping and overview of strategies and principles for AUT.





Understanding the dynamics of transformation and principles of adaptation


Stakeholder involvement and visualisation


Application in urban design, planning and governance