Modeling Ecosystems from Genome to Society -
A symposium presenting how an international consortium that is working to build the first full-scale simulation of a complex social-ecological system. The Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar (IDEA) is an open science initiative to build use-oriented simulations (avatars) of entire systems starting with the islands of Tetiaroa and Moorea, French Polynesia. The IDEA is a sustainability simulator modeling links and feedbacks between climate, environment, biodiversity, and human activities across a coupled marine-terrestrial landscape. The symposium will show progress to date in building this powerful new tool for scenario-based planning, education, and local population engagement.