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

2016-03-17 , Davies, Neil , Field, Dawn , Gavaghan, David , Holbrook, Sally J. , Planes, Serge , Troyer, Matthias , Bonsall, Michael , Claudet, Joachim , Roderick, George , Schmitt, Russell J. , Amaral-Zettler, Linda A. , Berteaux, Veronique , Bossin, Hervé C. , Cabasse, Charlotte , Collin, Antoine , Deck, John , Dell, Tony , Dunne, Jennifer A. , Gates, Ruth D. , 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. , Teavai Murphy, Hinano , Turyshev, Slava , Valdvinos, Fernanda , Williams, Rich , Wood, Spencer , 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.