Future scenario in a process of socio-ecological restoration of urban streams in Medellin - Colombia.

Authors: Alexis Saenz Montoya*, Temple University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Human-Environment Geography, Remote Sensing
Keywords: Urban Stream Restoration, Remote Sensing, Future Scenario, Participatory – GIS, Open source software, Sustainability Science.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Washington 5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This research employs an innovative research design that integrates Participatory GIS into experience-centered group interviews and stream habitat walks in order to explore the ‘placialities’ of urban streams as they relate to possible ecological restoration and explorative future scenarios. The research focuses on one stream called "La Honda." located in the North - East of Medellin - Colombia. The study merges two distinct concepts in order to study urban stream restoration; (1) the concept of "ecological restoration," coming from ecological sciences, and (2) the concept “explorative future scenario.” Which Schneider & Rist describe as “potential future developments based on an analysis of the present situation and logical chains of plausible events and their interactions” (2014, p.467). This interdisciplinary research uses open source software for implementing a remote sensing analysis of the process of ecological restoration in different areas of the stream, upper, middle and lower identifying land cover types in the current basin of the stream and explorative future scenario that environmental community-based groups are proposing to achieve a socio-ecological restoration of urban streams.

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