Chapter 1

Introduction

Abstract

This book surveys the construction and use of large-scale, multi-issue computer simulations for exploring alternative possibilities for long-term global change and facilitating the pursuit of global goals. It gives special attention to the International Futures (IFs) system. The IFs system integrates models across three issue domains that span the Sustainable Development Goals and longer term human concerns: human development, social change, and biophysical sustainability. The volume explores and compares models across the specific issue areas of demographics, health, education, economics, governance, government finance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, water, and the environment. Focusing special attention on ...

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