General Information

Location: Neimënster Abbey, 28 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg

Date: September 14, 2017

Time: 16:10-17:30


  • Karl Heinz Simon, University of Kassel
  • Rüdiger Schaldach, University of Kassel

Workshop Goals

Systems analysis is the label for a bundle of methods to approach complex problems and structure problem solutions. From the very beginning, in informatics, those methods have been applied successfully in different problem domains. In environmental informatics, in addition to those IT-specific procedures, a well-founded analysis of ecosystem processes and human-environment interactions is of similar importance. Since the world modelling efforts by Forrester, Meadows and others, but also since the contributions by Frederic Vester, such a close relationship between problems and informatics methods and approaches is considered as good practice in a highly complex problem area.

Nowadays problems around climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as resources studies, e.g. on food security, land use dynamics, and several sector specific endeavors, e.g. on the future of mobility and the future of energy systems, constitute extremely ambitious challenges for computer modelling.

The workshop aims at discussing the state-of-the art of dealing with these problems from a systems perspective and at bringing together scientists that represent different approaches and have different modelling experiences. The objective is not only to present specific projects but also to reflect on the systemic foundations of these projects.

Focus points for the session

  • Background of modelling approaches in systems theory
  • Advanced modelling techniques in environmental informatics
  • Approaches for modelling processes in human-environment system
  • System dynamics approaches as tool for inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • System dynamics models in scenario processes


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