Enhancing Community Resilience with Participatory Visualization of Coupled Human and Hydrological Systems

Moira Zellner

University of Illinois at Chicago

Moira Zellner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, a Research Associate Professor in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, and Director of the Urban Data Visualization Lab at UIC. Having completed her undergraduate degree in ecology in Argentina, she pursued graduate studies in urban and regional planning and in complex systems at the University of Michigan. Before coming to the US, she worked in Argentina as an environmental consultant for local and international environmental engineering firms and for the undersecretary of Environment in the City of Buenos Aires, in projects related to domestic and hazardous waste management, river remediation, industrial pollution control, and environmental impact assessments. In her position at UIC, Moira has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in interdisciplinary projects examining how specific policy, technological and behavioral changes can effectively address a range of complex environmental problems, where interaction effects make responsibilities and burdens unclear. Her research also examines the value of participatory modeling for collective policy exploration and social learning with stakeholders and decision-makers. Moira also teaches a variety of workshops on complexity-based modeling of socio-ecological systems, for training of both scientists and decision-makers. She has served the academic community as reviewer of journals and grants spanning across the social and natural sciences.  


We present the findings of a 3-year project on the use of visualization tools in collaborative water planning efforts in Northeast Illinois. We set out to understand how such tools allow people planning for future water... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Moira Zellner (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  2. Leilah Lyons (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  3. Joey Shelley (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  4. Daniel Milz (State University of New York, Plattsburgh)
  5. Charles Hoch (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Topic Areas

• Resilience and planning , • Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials, , • Decision support methods and tools


WS-23 » Sustainable and resilient communities 2 (15:30 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room H)

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