National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research
University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149




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.