Systems analysis is the label for a bundle of methods to approach complex problems and structure problem solutions. From the very beginning, in informatics, those methods have been applied successfully in different problem domains. In environmental informatics, in addition to those IT-specific procedures, a well-founded analysis of ecosystem processes and human-environment interactions is of similar importance. Since the world modelling efforts by Forrester, Meadows and others, but also the contributions by Frederic Vester, such a close relationship between problems and informatics methods is considered as good practice in a highly complex problem area.
Beside these approaches, nowadays subsumed under the label “general sustainability studies”, problems around climate change, mitigation and climate adaptation, as well as resources studies, e.g. on food security, land use dynamics, and several sector specific endeavors, e.g. on the future of mobility and the future of energy systems, constitute extremely ambitious challenges.
The workshop aims at discussing the state-of-the art of dealing with these problems from a systems perspective and at bringing together scientists that represent different approaches and have different experiences. The objective is not only to present specific projects but also to reflect on the systemic foundations of these projects.
Focus points for the sessions are: