CCRES Tools


Systems Analysis

SYSTORY

The SYSTORY app allows creation of different scenarios for coastal ecosystems

WHAT IS THIS TOOL?

SYSTORY is an app for hand phones and tablets that helps managers to understand and visualise the dynamics of coastal systems and assess the influence of alternative scenarios on system trajectories over time.


WHAT DOES IT DO?

The app helps managers to understand and visualise the dynamics of coastal systems and assess the influence of alternative scenarios on system trajectories over time.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

SYSTORY runs on Apple and Android phones and tablets. It will have both ‘explore’ and ‘experiment’ functions. ‘Explore’ will allow users to explore a story of the system and learn how coastal ecosystems and people interact. ‘Experiment’ will allow users to run simulations for user-defined scenarios and see how these scenarios affect the behaviour of the system.

WHEN IS IT USED?

SYSTORY can be used for policy evaluation, community engagement or teaching. 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. It might also be used with community groups to explore the advantages and disadvantages of different policies and determine their preferred policies. It might also be used with students to teach them about how coastal systems work, and how they respond to different management scenarios.

WHO CAN USE IT?

  • Government departments involved in community engagement and policy evaluation
  • NGOs involved in community engagement • Educational institutions teaching courses in systems thinking or system dynamics

AND THE TRAINING?

The training workshop introduces participants to:

  1. The SYSTORY app
  2. Its storytelling and scenario analysis capabilities
  3. How to set up SYSTORY for use in a new site

WHERE CAN I ACCESS THIS TOOL?

We anticipate that SYSTORY will be available via the Apple app store in April


Duration: 1 day

Equipment: Participants ideally require an Android or Apple smart phone or tablet

For more information, contact Dr Carl Smith The University of Queensland