Simulating social-ecological systems: the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) consortium.
Systems biology promises to revolutionize medicine, yet human wellbeing is also inherently linked to healthy societies and environments (sustainability). The IDEA Consortium is a systems ecology open science initiative to conduct the basic scientific research needed to build use-oriented simulations (avatars) of entire social-ecological systems. Islands are the most scientifically tractable places for these studies and we begin with one of the best known: Moorea, French Polynesia. The Moorea IDEA will be a sustainability simulator modeling links and feedbacks between climate, environment, biodiversity, and human activities across a coupled marine-terrestrial landscape. As a model system, the resulting knowledge and tools will improve our ability to predict human and natural change on Moorea and elsewhere at scales relevant to management/conservation actions.
Davies, N; Field, D; Gavaghan, D; Holbrook, SJ; Planes, S; Troyer, M; Bonsall, M; Claudet, J; Roderick, G; Schmitt, RJ; Zettler, LA; Berteaux, V; Bossin, HC; Cabasse, C; Collin, A; Deck, J; Dell, T; Dunne, J; Gates, R; Harfoot, M; Hench, JL; Hopuare, M; Kirch, P; Kotoulas, G; Kosenkov, A; Kusenko, A; Leichter, JJ; Lenihan, H; Magoulas, A; Martinez, N; Meyer, C; Stoll, B; Swalla, B; Tartakovsky, DM; Murphy, HT; Turyshev, S; Valdvinos, F; Williams, R; Wood, S; IDEA Consortium,
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