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Grand Challenges in Socio-Environmental Systems (SES) Modeling: an Assessment Perspective

Join TIAS, the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and the journal Socio-Environmental Systems Modeling for a live webcast this spring, exploring the Grand Challenges in Socio-Environmental Systems (SES) Modeling: an Assessment Perspective

Weds. 14 April 2021, New York, 15:00-16:30 (EDT UTC -4) Berlin 21:00 – 22:30 (CEST UTC +2) Canberra Thur. 15 April 2021, 05:00 - 06:30 (AEST UTC +10)

Expanding the development and use of socio-environmental system (SES) models is critical to solving urgent problems situated at the human-nature interface. Substantial progress is being made, but modeling challenges associated with a range of diverse issues remain. For example, these include how to best represent the human dimension in SES models, account for temporal and spatial scale mismatches, and cope with deep uncertainty.
Based on the 2020 article, Eight grand challenges in socio-environmental systems modeling (, this webcast explores the present status and future of SES modeling, while highlighting current challenges and paths forward. It is intended for practitioners and scholars who commission, sponsor, or use SES models. It will begin with a pre-recorded presentation by its lead author, Sondoss Elsawah, briefly describing the major challenges. Comments from each of the panellists will follow and then an open discussion. Viewers may post questions and comments.
See the full announcement here including programme, presenters and panellists.



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