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Complex Systems Review 2023


This report provides a review of approaches used to produce indicators that capture complexity, to determine what could usefully be adapted and made use of during the development of an indicator of soil health. The task was time-limited and did not aim to be exhaustive, but rather to identify a number of solutions developed by and lessons learnt from a selection of accessible previous projects, and wider complex systems theory. It was planned in recognition of the complexities involved in the soil system. Research was undertaken through both time-limited literature searches and a series of focused interviews with contacts who had previously undertaken projects considered ‘complex’.

Lessons learnt from this task will also be useful for, and applicable to, any other future project with a need to deal with complexity. Appendix 2 provides case studies detailing further information about three key projects interviewed, and a list of all other projects that were consulted.

This review forms an annex (Annex 2) to JNCC Report 737 – Towards Indicators of Soil Health.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2023·06·01

Harris, M., Hoskins, H. & Way, L. 2023. Complex Systems Review. JNCC Report 737: Annex 2. JNCC, Peterborough.

This resource forms an annex (Annex 2) to JNCC Report 737.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·06·12

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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