Call for papers: Special issue on SD and Env. Sustainability

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Allyson Beall King
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Call for papers: Special issue on SD and Env. Sustainability

Post by Allyson Beall King » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:05 pm

This is a call for papers for a special issue on "System Dynamics Simulation of Environmental and Resource Sustainability" to be published in the journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability).

Sustainability is a complex subject -- an idea meaning many things to many people. Discussion of specific suggestions, plans, or actions which might lead to sustainable outcomes can become bogged down when details of these are viewed by different stakeholders with differing opinions. If such discussions can be carried out within a clear, agreed upon, framework, then the ability to reach reasonable consensus can be enhanced. Of the tools available to build that framework, system dynamics modeling stands out. It is well established, is based on a solid mathematical footing, is flexible, and has well developed protocols for model building, verification, and analysis. In particular, system dynamics modeling is an ideal tool for examining complex systems characterized by feedbacks and delayed effects, characteristics that underlie so many sustainably issues.

System dynamics modeling was first used to address sustainability in the Limits to Growth models of the early 1970s. Since then system dynamics modeling has become more sophisticated and easier to use. Over the same period sustainability has become an influential paradigm for examining possible future scenarios. As a consequence this special issue is dedicated to highlighting works which examine sustainability through the lens of system dynamics.

You are invited to submit a comprehensive review article or a full research paper to the "System Dynamics Simulation of Environmental and Resource Sustainability" to be published in the journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050,http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability). The deadline for manuscript submissions is the 30 April 2010. The special issue will be fully Open Access. The website for this special issue can be found at
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainabil ... im-env-res

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