CIPEC Biocomplexity Project Overview


The Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC) is involved in a variety of demographic, geographic, and land use research efforts. The biocomplexity project concentrates on using several types of mathematical modeling to inventory and predict land use / land cover patterns. The goal of this research is to compare the strengths, weaknesses, and unique advantages of several modeling approaches. Some of the modeling approaches that will be analyzed are econometric models, systems dynamics models, cellular automata models, and theoretical agent-based models. A unique aspect of this project is the advantage of being able to draw on rich historical data from on-going analyses in Indiana, United States as well as Brazil. This website primarily summarizes the goals of this research although a link is available to browse publications that provide more details on this and other complexity based projects. This resource is part of the Biocomplexity collection.

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Subject: Biology, Environmental Science:Human Population, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results, Collection
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional
Topics: Earth surface, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Biosphere, Human Dimensions/Resources
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental ScienceKeywords: bioecological systems, social complexity, biophysical complexity