Complexity science in action: examples from the Australian coastal zones

This video describes how a complexity science based toolbox, especially different types of modelling, is used in complex multiple use environments, such as the coastal zones of Australia, to examine different scenarios for sustainable fishing options. The video starts by describing elements of complexity such as operating at scales from minute organisms up to areas the size of ocean basins, as well as understanding and responding appropriately to feedback. Conceptual models, ‘focused’ models, ‘toy’ models, ‘shuttle’ models and full system models are described. The work described builds on findings of researchers such as Elinor Ostrom which show that it is possible to find means of sustainably exploiting natural systems and resources. The aim is to help resource managers who deal with complex systems on a daily basis.

Video (28 minutes): “Complexity Science in Action: Examples from the Australian Coastal Zones” presented by Beth Fulton was a plenary talk at the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation held in Canberra in Australia, online and at three co-conferences (Lueneburg in Germany, The Hague in the Netherlands and Montevideo in Uruguay), 8-11 September 2013. The Microsoft PowerPoint presentation from the video below is available as a PDF (5MB).

The work underpinning this video was conducted with Fabio Boschetti, Randall Gray, Miriana Sporcic, Bec Gorton, Linda Thomas, Hector Lozano-Montes, Roger Scott, Jeff Dambacher and Tod Jones.

Posted: October 2014
Last modified: July 2015