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Towards a living earth simulator

Paolucci, M and Kossman, D and Conte, R and Lukowicz, P and Argyrakis, P and Blandford, A and Bonelli, G and Anderson, S and de Freitas, S and Edmonds, B and Gilbert, N and Gross, M and Kohlhammer, J and Koumoutsakos, P and Krause, A and Linnér, BO and Slusallek, P and Sorkine, O and Sumner, RW and Helbing, D (2012) Towards a living earth simulator. European Physical Journal - Special Topics, 214 (1). pp. 77-108. ISSN 1951-6401


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The Living Earth Simulator (LES) is one of the core components of the FuturICT architecture. It will work as a federation of methods, tools, techniques and facilities supporting all of the FuturICT simulation-related activities to allow and encourage interactive exploration and understanding of societal issues. Society-relevant problems will be targeted by leaning on approaches based on complex systems theories and data science in tight interaction with the other components of FuturICT. The LES will evaluate and provide answers to realworld questions by taking into account multiple scenarios. It will build on present approaches such as agent-based simulation and modeling, multiscale modelling, statistical inference, and data mining, moving beyond disciplinary borders to achieve a new perspective on complex social systems. © The Author(s) 2012.

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