[ba-unrev-talk] Environmental Dynamics Consortium -- an OHS Use Case
The EDC is an inter-disciplinary group of researchers, practitioners and
institutions, all sharing their interest in environmental issues as well as
their enthusiasm and experience on how to resolve them. The scientific
orientation of the EDC members may be environmental (e.g. EIA/ SEA),
planning (e.g. strategic planning), management (e.g. environmental
management), or technological (e.g. software development). The field that
brings together all these professionals has been termed "Environmental
Environmental Dynamics, then, is an inter-disciplinary field of study,
conceived and coined at and for the EDC, concerned with the dynamics of
environmental systems (alias: "the way things work"). The objective of ED
is to investigate, comprehend, document and communicate the complex
dynamics of large-scale systems (e.g. local or regional) that include parts
of Nature and, many times, human activities. The means to achieve that
objective are computer-assisted systems modelling, great components of
which are System Dynamics and Geographic Information Systems.
In practical terms, the EDC aims to produce concrete outcomes, such as a
series of conferences with the latest environmental software and the
creation of specialised software for certain processes or individual tasks.
Additionally, the EDC may also function as a contact list or a "Who-is-Who"
directory, or as a medium for the exchange of experience and ideas. (02)