Session 1: System
Dynamics for Understanding Climate Change
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Understand the basic
concepts and systems principles driving climate change dynamics using simple
STELLA/iThink models. Learn about the challenges we face, the changes we
must adapt to and those we need to mitigate or avoid. Explore simulations
developed by Climate
Interactive that will be used at the Copehagen summit and see
the future impact of worldwide policy decisions.
Session 2: Population
Dynamics and Limits to Growth
understanding of population dynamics to answer questions like:
- How should we think about a human population that is expected to grow to over 9
billion by 2050?
- Is such growth possible or sustainable?
- How do population dynamics contribute to other environmental issues?
Session 3: Water System
Learn about the
dynamics of water supply and quality issues:
- How will population dynamics impact the future of water?
- How will future supply look under different scenarios?
- How do toxins enter the environment and work their way through the system?
Session 4: Commodity
Find out why commodity
systems tend to exhibit behaviors of overproduction, environmental degradation,
and social/economic inequity. Understand the commonalities and differences
between commodity systems that are renewable (e.g. food) versus non-renewable
(e.g. oil). Explore the generic structure of commodity system models
and see their impact on the environment.
About the Instructor
Chris Soderquist is the
president of Pontifex
Consulting, a long-time consulting and training partner of isee
systems. Chris has been applying mathematical modeling since an
undergraduate student in the Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences
program at Northwestern University. Since 1998, he's worked with
organizational leaders to develop strategic solutions to complex issues in the
private, public, and non-profit sectors.
As a member of the
Climate Interactive team, Chris is actively engaged in raising awareness of
climate issues and impacting policymaker negotiations at the upcoming
Copenhagen summit. He is also the lead developer of the University of
Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Game designed to teach the dynamics affecting the
economic, social, and environmental systems of the Chesapeake Bay
Chris is an instructor
for the Darden School of Business Executive Education Program. He is also
training state legislators in Georgia and Kansas how to apply Systems Thinking
to health policy.