Agent-Based Simulation of Vulnerability Dynamics: A Case Study of the German North Sea Coast
This thesis constitutes an extraordinary innovative research approach in transferring the concepts and methods of complex systems to risk research. It ambitiously bridges the barriers between theoretical, empirical and methodical research work and integrates these fields into one comprehensive approach of dealing with uncertainty in socio-ecological systems. The developed agent-based simulation aims at the dynamics of social vulnerability in the considered system of the German North Sea Coast. Thus, the social simulation provides an analytical method to explore the individual, relational, and spatial aspects leading to dynamics of vulnerability in society. Combining complexity science and risk research by the method of agent-based simulation hereby emphasizes the importance of understanding interrelations inside the system for the system's development, i.e. for the evolving. Based on a vulnerability assessment regarding vulnerability characteristics, present risk behavior and self-protection preferences of private households against the impacts of flooding and storm surges, possible system trajectories could be explored by means of simulation experiments. The system-analytical approach therefore contributes to an integrated consideration of multi-dimensional and context-sensitv social phenomena such as vulnerability. Furthermore it achieves conceptually and strategically relevant implications for risk research and complex systems research.
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Accessed according agent collectives agent concept agent system agent-based model agent-based simulation analysis Borsfleth bounded rationality Büsum coastal zone communities complex systems complex systems research computational model context decision process decrease dike disaster dynamics of vulnerability empirical data environment environmental evaluation explore flooding/storm surges framework further households human agents human-environment relationship implemented individual influence information strategy interactions IRGC Kasperson Kellinghusen macro level Mainzer micro micro–macro relationship Münsterdorf nerability North Sea perspective potential vulnerability regard region relational and spatial risk behaviour risk management risk perception risk research risk/vulnerability approaches river Stör Schleswig–Holstein Sect self-protection measures self-protection preferences self-protection strategies simulated time period simulation experiments simulation run social network social sciences social simulation steps Stör storm surges system under study tion trajectories of agents variables vulnerability assessment vulnerability attributes vulnerability dynamics vulnerability level vulnerability profile vulnerability reduction Vulnerability trajectories vulnerability value vulnerable agent types Wadden Sea Wewelsfleth