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

  • Author(s): Davies, Neil;
  • Field, Dawn;
  • Gavaghan, David;
  • Holbrook, Sally J;
  • Planes, Serge;
  • Troyer, Matthias;
  • Bonsall, Michael;
  • Claudet, Joachim;
  • Roderick, George;
  • Schmitt, Russell J;
  • Zettler, Linda Amaral;
  • Berteaux, Veronique;
  • Bossin, Herve C;
  • Cabasse, Charlotte;
  • Collin, Antoine;
  • Deck, John;
  • Dell, Tony;
  • Dunne, Jennifer;
  • Gates, Ruth;
  • Harfoot, Mike;
  • Hench, James L;
  • Hopuare, Marania;
  • Kirch, Patrick;
  • Kotoulas, Georgios;
  • Kosenkov, Alex;
  • Kusenko, Alex;
  • Leichter, James J;
  • Lenihan, Hunter;
  • Magoulas, Antonios;
  • Martinez, Neo;
  • Meyer, Chris;
  • Stoll, Benoit;
  • Swalla, Billie;
  • Tartakovsky, Daniel M;
  • Murphy, Hinano Teavai;
  • Turyshev, Slava;
  • Valdvinos, Fernanda;
  • Williams, Rich;
  • Wood, Spencer
  • et al.

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https://gigascience.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13742-016-0118-5
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Abstract

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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