Simulating social-ecological systems: the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) consortium.

Journal Article (editorial;Journal Article)

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.

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Cited Authors

  • 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,

Published Date

  • January 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 /

Start / End Page

  • 14 -

PubMed ID

  • 26998258

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4797119

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2047-217X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2047-217X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/s13742-016-0118-5


  • eng