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This chapter discusses practical approaches for using participatory mapping as a tool to visualize and communicate sea level rise (SLR) and climate change risks, to share information about the vulnerability to, and threats of, climate change, and to co-produce knowledge with stakeholders. The examples presented in this chapter are from demonstrated applications in communities in Virginia (USA) that involve participatory mapping and that utilize a web-Geographic Information System (GIS). The web-GIS is innovatively combined with other technologies and participatory processes to create low-cost high-tech approaches so that even people with little to no knowledge of GIS can interact with maps and can contribute to knowledge creation in the complex issues of SLR and climate change.


This is the authors' submitted version for inclusion in the book Communicating Climate Change: Making Environmental Messaging Accessible, edited by Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf and Burton St. John III.


0000-0003-3599-1417 (Yusuf), 0000-0001-9094-2277 (Blake)

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Rawat, P., Anuar, K. A., Yusuf, J. E. W., Loftis, J. D., & Blake, R. N. (2021). Communicating and co-producing information with stakeholders Examples of participatory mapping approaches related to sea-level rise risks and impacts. In J.E. W. Yusuf & B. St. John III (Eds.), Communicating Climate Change: Making Environmental Messaging Accessible (pp. 79-96). Routledge.