The battle of perspectives: A multi-agent model with adaptive responses to climate change

Marco Janssen, Bert De Vries

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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 (worldview) 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-65
Number of pages23
JournalEcological Economics
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Global change
  • Integrated assessment modelling
  • Multi-agent modelling
  • Perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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