|ABM of Reef-Dependent Communities
Human communities as
an intrinsic component of a
coastal ecosystem is perhaps the most difficult part to model. Despite
a multitude of sociological (sphere of social life) surveys conducted in
many different coastal areas, the results are often very localized. The
complexity is further aggravated by the emergence of separate disciplines:
economics, demography, cultural anthropology, politics, and epidemiology – all
developing top-down mega models. There is a great need to study in unified way. ABM offers a bottom-up
approach without top-down specification.
The ABM for social science will include classes
that will define movement, cultural transmission, group
membership, trade, inheritance, credit, and food preferences. The resulting characteristics of assemblages will allow
managers, among others, to predict conflicts, emergence and demise of markets, population
distribution, age distribution, social networks, trade and credit network, and
define distribution of economic wealth in time series.