Management of complex social-ecological systems is of paramount importance and societal relevance. There is an increasing understanding that these systems are complex with multiple interconnected feedbacks and drivers, and that decision-making occurs within an environment of changing context.
The Social-Ecological Systems Simulation Centre will generate scientific outputs, which can feed directly to policy development, implementation and administrative structures, and has direct influence to assist in solving key issues of societal concern.
The Social-Ecological Systems Simulation Centre aims to facilitate systems understanding and decision-making. SESS focuses on the development of simulation as a tool to explore the implications of management decisions on the environmental, societal and economic aspects of managed systems.
SESS strives to become a center of excellence, leading international scientific advances that focus on theory and practice of simulation of social-ecological systems.
In SESS we want to understand the complexity of dynamic adaptive systems and their inherent feedbacks, to support the development and application of social-ecological systems simulation to management of complex social-ecological systems in the real world.
Our overall aim is to develop theoretical and methodological approaches to social-ecological system simulation in support of goal-oriented systems management, by establishing an international reputation for scientific and technological excellence in applied social ecological simulation modelling.
We work with complex software simulations, data sets from GIS, agricultural/farming systems and weather, and have life cycle models for diverse species of insects, bird and mammals, as well as people.
The SESS approach is ideally suited to address questions of integrating food, energy generation and natural resources in circular sustainable economies. Such as:
In 2020, Aarhus University established the Social-Ecological Systems Simulations Centre (SESS), part of Aarhus University and based at the Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus C.
SESS has collaborations with European and national institutions (e.g. EFSA & Miljø-og Fødevareministeriet), as well as scientific establishments, agroindustry organisations and NGOs, throughout Europe.
We collaborate with researchers from Europe through development of the ALMaSS model system.