About Twin Fjord

Twin Fjord is a cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary collaborative and knowledge building project that aims to develop a participatory planning support system for sustainable land management using digital twin technology. The project will provide an integrated decision support approach that enables public administrators, planning practitioners, policy-makers, developers and other planning stakeholders to consider environmental, societal and economic impacts of land-use change from energy, transport and building infrastructure development.

Twin Fjord is a cross-disciplinary project where natural, sustainability, computer, social, and political sciences are merged to synthesize an approach to sustainable land management. The participatory planning support system will be composed of three modules that will be integrated to support land-use planning decision making i) a sustainability analytics knowledge base with relevant data, and impact assessment techniques; ii) an interactive visualization interface based on 4-dimensional immersive mapping, and iii) a co-creation protocol for using the digital tool in planning design, analysis, and decision making.

Twin Fjord will use the areas in Fjord and Stranda municipality as a case area to develop and apply an integrated approach to sustainable land management. This will generate knowledge on how state of the art impact assessment, visualization and co-creation techniques can support dialogue and decision-making land-use planning processes in Norway making explicit sustainability considerations. The case area is useful as it contains a world heritage area, conservation areas and risk zones for rockslides and rockslide-triggered tsunami that pose particular challenges from a land-use planning and area development perspective. Due to high tourism loads, infrastructure for energy, transport and housing is necessary in the short term, and Twin Fjord will explore real life case studies in developing and applying the participatory planning support system.