Special Issue "From COP 26 to COP 27: Contributions of Systems Approaches to Address the Challenges Ahead"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2023) | Viewed by 16192
Interests: system dynamics; sustainability; renewable energy; resources; fishing
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2. System Dynamics Society (Policy Council Member), Littleton, ME, USA
3. System Dynamics Italian Chapter – SYDIC (President), Rome, Italy
Interests: systems thinking; system dynamics; simulation; organizational change; organizational behavior; business organizations; decision support systems; sustainability; digital transformation; assessment of social impacts
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Special Issue in Systems: SMART MODEL-BASED GOVERNANCE: Achieving Effective Decision Making through the Synergy of Data-Based Technology with Modeling & Simulation Approaches
Interests: systemic risk; global sustainability; complex system science; system dynamics; digital transformation; energy transition; food security; system policy
The recent Conference of Parties 26 (COP26) claimed to reinforce collective actions towards the Paris Agreement to tackle the climate crisis while declaring the state of global emergency. The goal is to achieve net-zero global emissions by 2050 to keep the increase in global average temperature below 1.5 ° C in comparison to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this goal, it is urgently required to strengthen the collaborations between governments, businesses, and civil society. Particular attention will be given to the financial sector, as developed countries pledged to mobilize billions of dollars per year in climate finance based on ambitious national emission reduction targets by 2030. Despite this there is still no united front to meet this deadline. China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia have committed to reaching net-zero by 2060, and India by 2070, thus making the negotiations even more challenging.
With this foreground, it becomes clear that the development of effective strategies to face both the complexity of global decarbonization and the restoration of planetary well-being must account for applied holistic, inter-disciplinary and long-term thinking. To this end, this Special Issue focuses on exploring, analyzing, and proposing interdisciplinary systemic approaches to support multilateral collaboration strategies, and help shape commonly agreed policies towards global sustainability.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions that place system modelling techniques at the core and look at (i) generalized applications of system modelling and simulation with a focus on the role of complexity, disequilibrium and non-linearities and their integration with (ii) qualitative aspects of policy engagement, including methods emerging from the social sciences and (iii) quantitative aspects aimed at linking systems modelling with the big-data and data-driven decision making techniques (e.g., game theory, multi-criteria analysis, complex networks, graph theory, probabilistic methods, optimization techniques).
More specifically, the Guest Editors encourage the submission of case studies and theoretical analyses in the following areas:
- Consequences, resistance factors, and collateral costs to support decarbonizing every sector of the economy (e.g., energy, building, transportation, industry, agriculture).
- Understanding and representing dynamic complexity in protecting and restoring ecosystems including socio-economic response.
- Building more resilient defense and alert systems, with a focus on infrastructure, agriculture, and water management issues in the most vulnerable countries.
- Systemic risk emerging from the climate crisis, including warfare, inequality between countries, food crises, and long-term economic development.
- Highlights on long-term effects of sustainable practices in the financial sector.
- Energy transition studies including implications for stranded assets.
- Government interventions and system policies.
The issue is targeted to applications in the fields of
- System dynamics.
- Agent-based modelling.
- Discrete event simulation.
- Hybrid approaches among the three.
In addition, contributions around scenario planning in the areas of integrated assessment modelling, econometrics, least cost optimization, and general equilibrium modelling will be considered.
The Guest Editors also believe that the present Special Issue will constitute a valuable collection of studies to qualitatively and quantitatively contribute to the design of pathways that governments, institutions, and the financial sector should walk together to achieve planned results for COP27 in Sharm El-SheiK from 7-18 November 2022.
Dr. Ilaria Perissi
Prof. Dr. Stefano Armenia
Dr. Roberto Pasqualino
Dr. Denes Csala
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- system dynamics
- systems thinking
- agent-based modelling