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Modeling social-ecological problems in coastal ecosystems: A case study

This article applies a twofold modelling approach to a complex socio-ecological system in coastal Kenya.

John Forrester, Richard Taylor / Published on 26 March 2014

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Forrester, J., R. Greaves, H. Noble and R. Taylor (2014). Modeling social-ecological problems in coastal ecosystems: A case study. Complexity, early view article, published 20 March 2014.

Complex social-ecological systems (SES) are not amenable to simple mathematical modelling. However, to address critical issues in SES (e.g., understanding ecological resilience/amelioration of poverty) it is necessary to describe such systems in their entirety.

Based on empirical knowledge of local stakeholders and experts, the authors mapped their conceptions of one SES. Modelers codified what actors said into two models: a local-level model and an overarching multiple-entity description of the system. Looking at these two representations together helps us understand links between the locally specific and other levels of decision taking and vice-versa. This “bimodeling” approach is investigated in one SES in coastal Kenya.

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Richard Taylor

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SEI Oxford

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10.1002/cplx.21524 Open access
Topics and subtopics
Water : Water resources / Land : Ecosystems
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