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