Using system dynamics for environmental modelling: Lessons learnt from six case studies

S. El-Sawah, D. Haase, H. van Delden, S. Pierce, A. Elmahdi, A. Voinov, A.J. Jakeman

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Abstract

System dynamics modelling includes a set of conceptual and numerical methods that are used to understand the structure and behaviour of complex systems, such as socio-ecological systems. A system dynamics model represents the causal relationships, feedback loops, and delays that are thought to generate the system behaviour. System dynamics is widely used for developing environmental models and decision support systems. However, little attention has been given to reflecting on modelling exercises in terms of the utility of system dynamics, its strengths and limitations, experienced during modelling and implementation challenges. These practical lessons are useful for guiding modellers on deciding when and how to use system dynamics. The purpose of this paper is to shed some light on these issues drawing on experience from six case studies. Case studies demonstrate a wide range of applications (e.g. land use, groundwater management, urban water systems), tools, modelling approaches (e.g. coupled, integrated), and computational software.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. Managing Resources of a Limited Planet
Subtitle of host publicationPathways and Visions under Uncertainty, Sixth Biennial Meeting, 1-5 July 2012, Leipzig, Germany
EditorsR. Seppelt, A.A. Voinov, S. Lange, D. Bankamp
Place of PublicationLeipzig
PublisherInternational Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)
Pages1367-1374
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-88-9035-742-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Event6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software 2012: Managing Resources of a Limited Planet: Pathways and Visions under Uncertainty - Leipzig, Germany
Duration: 1 Jul 20125 Jul 2012
Conference number: 6

Conference

Conference6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software 2012
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityLeipzig
Period1/07/125/07/12

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