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Systems biology promises to revolutionize medicine, yet human wellbeing is also inherently linked to healthy societies and environments (sustainability). The IDEA Consortium is a systems ecology open science initiative to conduct the basic scientific research needed to build use-oriented simulations (avatars) of entire social-ecological systems. Islands are the most scientifically tractable places for these studies and we begin with one of the best known: Moorea, French Polynesia. The Moorea IDEA will be a sustainability simulator modeling links and feedbacks between climate, environment, biodiversity, and human activities across a coupled marine-terrestrial landscape. As a model system, the resulting knowledge and tools will improve our ability to predict human and natural change on Moorea and elsewhere at scales relevant to management/conservation actions.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s13742-016-0118-5

Type

Journal article

Journal

Gigascience

Publication Date

2016

Volume

5

Keywords

Biocode, Biodiversity, Climate change scenarios, Computational ecology, Earth observations, Ecosystem dynamics, Genomics, Predictive modeling, Social-ecological system, Climate, Conservation of Natural Resources, Ecology, Ecosystem, Forecasting, Human Activities, Humans, Islands, Models, Theoretical, Polynesia