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Addressing Complex, Emergent Risks in 21st Century Natural-Human Systems

By Jordan Kern

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Presentation on wicked problems in natural-human systems

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group Wicked Problems: Investigating real world problems in the biology classroom (SW 2018)

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Version 1.0 - published on 21 Jun 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4D426 - cite this

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Cross sector interdependencies and uncertainties in earth system processes, technology, and market dynamics create new and complex challenges in the design of sustainable human systems. Meeting 21st century sustainability challenges will require fundamental advances—but it will also require scientists and engineers who are capable of going beyond traditional disciplinary bounds in finding solutions to complex problems. Dr. Kern’s research involves modeling dynamic natural-human systems in order to: 1) improve understanding of emergent, multi-scale and multi-sector risks; and 2) develop novel approaches for mitigating these vulnerabilities. His research is broadly focused and interdisciplinary, bridging environmental science, power systems and water resource engineering, and finance/economics. His talk will discuss approaches for combining computational modeling and a wide range of analytical and statistical tools to capture key process interactions at the nexus of these areas and provide assessments of physical, environmental and financial risk in the face of uncertainty and extreme events (e.g., in weather, climate, markets).

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