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Achieving sustainable societies: Lessons from modelling the ancient Maya

Heckbert, Scott; Costanza, Robert; Parrott, Lael


The ancient Maya provide an example of a complex social-ecological system which developed impressively before facing catastrophic reorganization. In order for our contemporary globally-connected society to avoid a similar fate, we aim to learn how the ancient Maya system functioned, and whether it might have been possible to maintain resilience and avoid collapse. The MayaSim computer model was constructed to test hypotheses on whether system-level interventions might have resulted in a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Solutions


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