Policy Option Simulation in Socio-Ecological Systems

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Social-Ecological Systems (SESs) i.e. systems linking human behavior and environmental dynamics, are characterized as complex, dynamic and heterogeneous systems. A comprehensive policy simulation in SESs has to consider all these properties. In this paper, we present a conceptual analysis on key aspects of policy simulation in SESs and introduce a combined use of Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) and Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) methods as an approach to cover those aspects. We illustrate the applicability of this combined method for policy simulation in the case of a farming community facing water scarcity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event14th Annual Conference on Social simulation 2018: Looking in the mirror - Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018
Conference number: 14


Conference14th Annual Conference on Social simulation 2018
Abbreviated titleSSC 2018
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  • Social-ecological systems
  • Policy Making
  • Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping
  • Agent-based modeling

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