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Understanding and Guiding Complex Systems to Achieve Multiple Societal Goals

IWRA 2021 Online Conference One Water, One Health
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Author(s): James W. Jones

James W. Jones
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
National Academy of Engineering Member
University of Florida



Complex Systems

  • • Complex systems differ from complicated systems (Ottino, Nature, 2004)
  • • Complex systems have emergent behavior, some of which may be unintended, unwanted
  • • Decomposing a system and analyzing sub-parts do not necessarily imply the behavior of the whole
  • • Example complex systems: ecosystems, economies, world-wide web, spread of viral infections, One Health?
  • • Grand challenges, Societal goals
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