CoSMoS in the Context of Social Ecological Research

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Social-ecological systems are an innately complex
interaction among social systems and ecosystems. Computer
modellers have been working with the WD-NACE social-ecological
systems research project to develop useful models, following
a principled approach to complex systems modelling and simulation
(the CoSMoS process). Key considerations include comprehensibility
by domain scientists; software engineering rigour; and
consideration of soft elements in the context of physical structures
and behaviours. In social sciences, there is an unresolved
problem in the modelling of soft elements and the structures and
behaviours that underlie soft elements. There is a need to model,
and simulate, systems that include soft elements, not least to inform
policy and decision options. Focusing on the domain model
provides a context for understanding the interaction of soft and
hard elements, and helps to clarify what sort of soft-element
representation would be appropriate in a computer simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

In: Proceedings of the 2012 Workshop on Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation. S. Stepney, P.S. Andrews and M.N. Read (eds). Luniver Press, ISBN: 978-1-905986-37-8.

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