CCRES Tools


Systems Analysis

System Simulation Model

The System Simulation Model can be used to see the impact of different activities on coastal ecosystems, including seagrass Photo: G Sheehan

WHAT IS THIS TOOL?

This tool is a technical simulation model of the coastal zone built using Stock and Flow modelling software.


WHAT DOES IT DO?

The tool quantifies interactions between activities on land (such as farming and urban development), activities on water (such as fishing), coastal ecosystems (such as coral reefs and mangroves) and coastal resources (such as fish). It allows the user to simulate the behaviour of the coastal system over time.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The system model runs in Stella Architect. The user can create an interface to run scenarios and produce graphs for any variable within the model.

WHEN IS IT USED?

The model is intended for technical users, such as governments and universities. It can be used for policy evaluation. For instance, it might be used to assess the impact of land use zoning policies on fish habitat and fish catch, or the impact of fishing management policies (such as a cap on boat numbers) on fish catch and fish price.

WHO CAN USE IT?

  • Government departments involved in system simulation for coastal resource management
  • Educational institutions conducting research on coastal systems or teaching courses in coastal systems or system dynamics 

AND THE TRAINING?

The training workshop introduces participants to: i) The basic principles of system dynamic modelling ii) The System Simulation Model built by CCRES iii) Setting up the model for a new site iv) Using the model to evaluate scenarios and policies


Duration: 3 days

Equipment: Participants ideally require a laptop PC and a Stella Architect licence 

Add for more information, contact Dr Carl Smith, The University of Queensland