Overview of the Chapters

I: The Mental Modeling Approach

In Part I, the authors provide an overview of the Mental Modeling process.

Chapter 2: Mental Modeling Research Technical Approach uses a case study in health decision making to describe and illustrate the key steps of the Mental Modeling process.

Chapter 3: Science of Mental Modeling gives intellectual context for the method, describing not only the historic roots of the process, but the relationship between Mental Modeling and other recent cognitive mapping techniques.

II: Applications in USACE

In Part II, applications of Mental Modeling within USACE are provided.

Chapter 4: Flood Risk Management introduces Mental Modeling as a tool for process improvement in the context of the USACE flood risk management enterprise.

Chapter 5: Adaptive Management for Climate Change presents a case study that uses mental modeling to understand the relationships between climate change, current USACE risk management processes, and the actions that USACE and its partners can take to improve the nation’s ability to adapt to climate change impacts.

Chapter 6: Technology Infusion and Marketing applies Mental Modeling techniques to identify opportunities for improving and sharing the USACE Environmental Laboratory’s technical competencies with partners and potential clients.

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