To shape local redevelopment, the city of New Orleans and its water authority – the Sewage and Water Board – wants to team up with residents and interest groups to identify sustainable, and preferably green or blue, solutions for water problems that will generate added value for society as a whole. And to support that shared design process, they have asked Deltares to completely overhaul the Adaptation Support Tool so that it is in line with the situation in New Orleans. The city also asked Deltares to train a number of facilitators who will be guiding the design sessions in the future.
The Adaptation Support Tool (AST) is an interactive tool in which planned solutions are selected and displayed on a computer screen. A global estimate can then be made of the effects and costs on the basis of the local data. Deltares also organised a number of workshops to teach people how to use the AST. Finally, the tool will be put to the test in a session attended by local people. Deltares will be providing support in 2017 for the AST sessions in New Orleans.
The AST was originally developed in the Climate-KIC Blue Green Dream project and it has already been used successfully on a number of occasions in urban planning projects. New Orleans is the first city in the United States to use its own version of this interactive tool.