Simulating social-ecological systems : the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) consortium
Holbrook, Sally J.
Schmitt, Russell J.
Amaral-Zettler, Linda A.
Bossin, Hervé C.
Dunne, Jennifer A.
Gates, Ruth D.
Hench, James L.
Leichter, James J.
Tartakovsky, Daniel M.
Teavai Murphy, Hinano
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KeywordComputational ecology; Biodiversity; Genomics; Biocode; Earth observations; Social-ecological system; Ecosystem dynamics; Climate change scenarios; Predictive modeling
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.
© The Author(s), 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in GigaScience 5 (2016): 14, doi:10.1186/s13742-016-0118-5.
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