Ecosystem Modelling

Human Ecodynamics

The dynamic and two-way relationship between changing environments and cultural changes is the subject of our research topic "Human Ecodynamics". For our research, we integrate data from ecological, climate, and archaeological archives, and we use a model system that can describe socio-technological evolution within the environmental context.

Global Land Use and technological Evolution Simulator (GLUES)


Lemmen et al. 2011 Fig 4

Comparison between simulated and radiocarbon-dated transition to farming in European regions.

We develop and operate the Global Land Use and technological Evolution Simulator (GLUES), an integrated model of socio-technological evolution. The adaptive dynamics of characteristic aspects of a regional society and its population density are simulated in the context of neighbour relations and changing climates.

With GLUES, we successfully described the inhomogeneous expansion of agriculture into Europe some 8000 years ago. We found that abrupt climate events did not trigger, but modulate this expansion.

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Indus Valley Human Ecodynamics
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