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Seminar: A Minimal Model for Human & Nature Interaction

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Presenter: 
Safa Motesharrei, Graduate Student, University of Maryland
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:30

  
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

There are widespread concerns that current trends in population and resource-use are unsustainable, but the possibilities of an overshoot and collapse remain unclear and controversial. Collapses have occurred frequently in the past five thousand years, and are often followed by centuries of economic, intellectual, and population decline. Many di fferent natural and social phenomena have been invoked to explain speci c collapses, but a general explanation remains elusive. Two important features seem to appear across societies that have collapsed: (1) Ecological Strain and (2) Economic Strati cation.

Part of this seminar will explain the structure of a new model and several simulated scenarios that off er signifi cant implications.

Safa Motesharrei is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics/Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Event type: 
Seminar
Event Attendance: 
Open to the Public