Friday, March 21, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
The paper was published in the May 2014 issue of Ecological Economics, and was made available online on April 2, 2014. The published version of the paper is available here:
A UMD news release about the paper is available here:
Researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), and the University of Minnesota have written a paper titled “Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies” that has been accepted for publication in the journal Ecological Economics.

The paper’s authors are Safa Motesharrei, a Ph.D. candidate in applied mathematics and public policy at UMD; Jorge Rivas of the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and the Institute of Global Environment and Society; and Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at UMD.

Motesharrei received minor support from NASA (Award No. NNX12AD03A), through UMD’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, to develop a coupled earth system model. Some of this funding was spent on the mathematical development of the HANDY model. This research paper was not solicited, directed or reviewed by NASA. It is an independent study by the researchers utilizing research tools developed for a separate NASA activity.

After the modeling was completed and the paper was submitted to Ecological Economics, Motesharrei became a graduate research assistant at SESYNC, which is funded through a National Science Foundation grant to UMD.

The views and conclusions in the paper are those of the authors alone. NASA does not endorse the paper or its conclusions.

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