A Nonlinear Dynamics Approach to Understanding and Measuring Sustainability
Speaker: Dylan McNamara, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
The term “sustainability” has become ubiquitous in everyday experience. It is found everywhere from the grocery store to the car dealership. Despite having the characteristics of a buzzword, sustainability is none the less an extremely important concept as we face global-scale climate challenges resulting from our current, unsustainable relationship with nature. This talk will provide a foundation for understanding and measuring sustainability using tools from nonlinear dynamics. I will also show recent work using such tools to measure variations in sustainability in communities subject to natural disasters.