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Complexity and Ecosystem Management: The Theory and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems

Edited By: Marco A Janssen

344 pages, Figs, tabs

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #136755 | ISBN: 1843760614
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Attempts to define the relationship between humans and nature by applying multi-agent systems to the problems of ecosystem management. The authors clearly demonstrate the potential utility of multi-agent systems in the context of theoretical problems and practical case studies.


Part I Methods and concepts: the transition from local to global dynamics - a proposed framework for agent based thinking in social-ecological systems, J. Marty Anderies; changing the rules of the game - lessons from immunology and linguistics for self-organization of institutions, Marco a. Janssen; futures, prediction and other foolishness, Roger Bradbury; validation and verification of multi-agent systems, Steve M. Manson; using artificial agents to understand laboratory experiments of common-pool resources with real agents, Wander Jager, Marco A. Janssen; implications of spatial heterogeneity of grazing pressure on the resilience of rangelands, Marco A. Janssen, J. Marty Anderies, Mark Stafford Smith, Brian H. Walker. Part II Applications: adjustment costs of agri-environmental policy switchings - an agent-based analysis of the German region Hohenlohe, Alfons Balmann, Kathrin Happe, Konrad Kellermann, Anne Kleingarn; agent based simulation of organic farming conversion in Allier Departement, Guillaume Deffuant, Sylvie Huet, Jean Paul Bousset, Jerome Henriot, George S. Amon, Gerard Weisbuch; scientific measurements and villager's knowledge - an integrative multi-agent model form the semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe, Tim Lynam; simulating land cover change in South-Central Indiana - an agent-based model of deforestation and afforestation, Matthew Hoffmann, Hugh Kelley, Tom Evans; multi-agent systems and role games - collective learning processes for ecosystem management, Francois Bousquet, Olivier Barreteau, Patrick d'Aquino, Michel Etienne, Stanislas Boissau, Sigried Aubert, Christophe Le Page, Didier Babin, Jean-Christophe Castella; institutional change for sustainable land use - a paarticipatory approach from Australia, Nick Abel, Art Langston, John Ive, Bill Tatnell, Mark Howden, Jacqui Stol.

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