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Ningaloo from a systems perspective - What has it taught us?


Fulton, EA and Gray, R and Sporcic, M and Scott, R and Gorton, B and Hepburn, M and Boschetti, F and Thomas, L, Ningaloo from a systems perspective - What has it taught us?, SUSTAINING OUR FUTURE: understanding and living with uncertainty, 12-16 December 2011, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 3092-3097. ISBN 978-098721431-7 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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A system-level perspective of exploited marine and coastal ecosystems provides insight into cross-scale dynamics and potential conflicts between sectors operating within the same region. Such insights are a necessary part of adaptive management, as conflict and 'surprise' outcomes of interactions between processes operating on different scales could undermine the intent of management actions taken in support of sustainable development. Agent-based models provide one means of obtaining the desired system perspective. These types of models are one of the few platforms that can deal with the large number of scales and processes that can drive the alternative states that socioecological systems can take. By defining individual-based approaches and both differential and discrete equation-based formulations as agents sufficient flexibility is provided to create cross-scale whole-of-system models that can include biophysical, social and economic drivers and interactions. This combination of agent types and the resulting flexibility has provided essential for identifying trade-offs between sectors, identifying "unintended consequences" and supporting the implementation of adaptive management in the Ningaloo Reef - Exmouth system of Western Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:agent based models, multi-scale models, multiple use management
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Sporcic, M (Dr Miriana Sporcic)
ID Code:119659
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-08-03
Last Modified:2017-09-20

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