Special Issue "System Dynamics Simulation of Environmental and Resource Sustainability"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2011)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard G. Dudley
21 Etna Lane, Etna, New York 13062, USA
E-Mail: rgdudley@gmail.com
Interests: system dynamics modeling; fishery management; small scale fisheries; natural resources management; international development; conservation

Guest Editor
Dr. Allyson Beall King
School of the Environment, Washington State University, PO Box 642812, Pullman, WA 99164-2812, USA
E-Mail: abeall@wsu.edu
Interests: system dynamics; participatory environmental modeling; environmental modeling; interdisciplinary modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is a complex subject -- an idea meaning many things to many people. Discussion of specific suggestions, plans, or actions which might lead to sustainable outcomes can become bogged down when details of these are viewed by different stakeholders with differing opinions. If such discussions can be carried out within a clear, agreed upon, framework, then the ability to reach reasonable consensus can be enhanced. Of the tools available to build that framework, system dynamics modeling stands out. It is well established, is based on a solid mathematical footing, is flexible, and has well developed protocols for model building, verification, and analysis. In particular, system dynamics modeling is an ideal tool for examining complex systems characterized by feedbacks and delayed effects, characteristics that underlie so many sustainably issues.

System dynamics modeling was first used to address sustainability in the Limits to Growth models of the early 1970s. Since then system dynamics modeling has become more sophisticated and easier to use. Over the same period sustainability has become an influential paradigm for examining possible future scenarios. As a consequence this special issue is dedicated to highlighting works which examine sustainability through the lens of system dynamics.

Dr. Allyson Beall
Dr. Richard G. Dudley
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • simulating sustainability
  • simulation
  • environmental modeling
  • system dynamics
  • system dynamics modeling
  • natural resource simulation

Published Papers (8 papers)

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Sustainability 2010, 2(6), 1523-1535; doi:10.3390/su2061523
Received: 22 April 2010; in revised form: 7 May 2010 / Accepted: 26 May 2010 / Published: 1 June 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2144-2162; doi:10.3390/su2072144
Received: 28 May 2010; in revised form: 2 July 2010 / Accepted: 6 July 2010 / Published: 14 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2746-2761; doi:10.3390/su2092746
Received: 4 August 2010; in revised form: 19 August 2010 / Accepted: 20 August 2010 / Published: 31 August 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2762-2784; doi:10.3390/su2092762
Received: 30 July 2010; in revised form: 19 August 2010 / Accepted: 20 August 2010 / Published: 2 September 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2814-2832; doi:10.3390/su2092814
Received: 6 August 2010; in revised form: 28 August 2010 / Accepted: 29 August 2010 / Published: 6 September 2010
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Sustainability 2011, 3(1), 184-215; doi:10.3390/su3010184
Received: 9 December 2010; Accepted: 7 January 2011 / Published: 12 January 2011
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Sustainability 2011, 3(5), 720-742; doi:10.3390/su3050720
Received: 1 March 2011; Accepted: 15 April 2011 / Published: 27 April 2011
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Sustainability 2011, 3(6), 914-936; doi:10.3390/su3060914
Received: 11 February 2011; in revised form: 17 June 2011 / Accepted: 20 June 2011 / Published: 23 June 2011
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