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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Biocode
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change scenarios
  • Computational ecology
  • Earth observations
  • Ecosystem dynamics
  • Genomics
  • Predictive modeling
  • Social-ecological system


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