Complex science for a complex world : Exploring human ecosystems with agents

Perez Pascal, Batten David. 2006. Complex science for a complex world : Exploring human ecosystems with agents. Canberra : ANU Press, 365 p. ISBN 1-920942-38-6

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Abstract : Présentation de l'éditeur : It is well known that human activities are endangering the stability and sustainability of many fragile ecosystems to such an extent that their future is in doubt. At the same time, these ecosystems are inherently challenging to manage successfully because of the complexity and uncertainty associated with their ongoing evolution. Much of this complexity and uncertainty may be attributed to the human dimension. Thus it is imperative that we deepen our understanding of how and why people choose to interact with one another and how this interactive behaviour affects these ecosystems as time passes. Fortunately, a new kind of science is helping us deepen our understanding of how human ecosystems might grow and change over time. Beyond a mere collation of various reflections and applications, the chapters in this book aim to convince the reader that this new kind of science is worthy of our attention. It is a science that fully embraces the complexity of our surrounding world. It is also a science that addresses the frontiers of interactions between human behaviour and environmental responses. Furthermore, it is a science that challenges our limited understanding and treatment of uncertainty. And finally, because it is socially embedded, it is a science that can generate partnerships with local communities in a constructive manner.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Recherche, Science, Comportement humain, Écosystème, Analyse de système, Anthropologie sociale, Scientifique, Impact sur l'environnement, Prise de décision, Adaptation, Agriculture, Étude de cas

Mots-clés complémentaires : Épistémologie, Système multiagents

Classification Agris : U30 - Research methods
A50 - Agricultural research
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Editeurs scientifiques et affiliations

  • Perez Pascal, CIRAD-TERA-UPR Gestion de l'eau (AUS)
  • Batten David, CSIRO (AUS)

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