METHODS

We use mathematical and simulation modeling to explore the dynamics of coupled social-ecological systems with particular emphasis on understanding the role of links between social and ecological processes. The models are used in combination and close collaboration with empirical research and behavioral experiments as a tool to help understand the impacts of selected interactions or assumptions on system behavior, to formulate and explore hypothesis about key processes. This use of models is explorative and not predictive. Model analysis often involves in depth sensitivity analysis and testing of different possible model structures.

Agent-based modeling

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Dynamical systems analysis

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In-depth empirical case studies

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Combining empirics with modeling

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