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Viable Systems Modelling for Climate Change Adaptation in the Gippsland Region

GA Moore, CF Duffield, DI Wilson, R Faggian, V Sposito, F Chan (ed.), D Marinova (ed.), RS Anderssen (ed.)

19TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MODELLING AND SIMULATION (MODSIM2011) | MODELLING & SIMULATION SOC AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND INC | Published : 2011

Abstract

This paper presents the creative use of Viable Systems Modelling (VSM) as a mechanism to help multiple interest groups develop a strategy for land use adaptation to climate change for the Victorian region of Gippsland. VSM is a technique for representing systems developed by Stafford Beer from the 1960s with a strong grounding in the cybernetics discipline (Beer 1966). Originally derived by examining organisms such as humans as a system, the conceptual framework of a recursive hierarchy where any system can be considered part of a supra-system and made up of sub-systems was formed. For a system to be 'viable', Beer and his colleagues established a number of requirements or laws about the sub..

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