Data and models for exploring sustainability of human well-being in global environmental change


This position paper proposes a vision for the research activity about sustainability in global environmental change (GEC) taking place in the FuturICT flagship project. This activity will be organised in an “Exploratory”, gathering a core network of European scientists from ICT, social simulation, complex systems, economics, demographics, Earth system science. These research teams will collaborate in building a self-organising network of data sources and models about GEC and in using new facilities fostering stakeholder participation. We develop examples of concrete directions for this research: world wide virtual population with demographic and some economic descriptors, ecosystem services production and distribution, governance systems at various scales.

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Deffuant, G., Alvarez, I., Barreteau, O. et al. Data and models for exploring sustainability of human well-being in global environmental change. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 214, 519–545 (2012).

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