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The Battle of Perspectives: A Multi-Agent Model with Adaptive Responses to Climate Change

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Janssen, Marco A.; de Vries, Bert
Journal: Ecological Economics
Volume: 26
Date: 1998
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3275
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): global change
adaptive systems
Abstract: "To evaluate possible futures with regard to economy, energy and climate, a multi-agent modelling approach is used. Agents hold different perspectives on how the world functions (world view) and how it should be managed (management style) and this is implemented in a simple dynamic model of the economy-energy-climate system. Each perspective is supported by a proportion of the agents, but this proportion changes in response to observations about the real world. In this way the totality of agents learn from their observations. It is concluded that this approach is a good illustration of how adaptive behavior can be included in global change modelling. Some exploratory experiments are done to address the consequences of surprises."

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