This paper discusses what may happen; when computer generated information meets local water stakeholders. The combination of remedies that computer based models suggest are for example not always possible to implement within the limited â€śroom of actionâ€ť in which local stakeholders are forced to act. May a process of participatory modelling make model generated information more adapted to this â€śroom of actionâ€ť? Or the other way around is a participatory modelling process a way to affect the size and character of this room? And can this type of method/process be a way forward for creating a critically intervening research?
The paper builds on experiences from two Swedish case studies; one recently terminated; and one just started. Both cases focus on the problem of eutrophication and local stakeholders include farmers; municipal environmental officers; outdoor interests and representatives from other point- and diffuse sources of nitrogen and phosphorous. Results show that this type of participatory modelling may be a good tool for creating a general consensus around the causes; type and possible solutions of certain types of environmental problems. Simultaneously; computer generated information is not always adapted to the complex network of institutions that define the room of action of local stakeholders.