Philippines to explore the use of ‘complexity science’ for disaster management


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The Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE), in collaboration with the Philippine Disaster Science Management Center (DSMC), is set to explore the use of complexity science in developing decision support systems for disaster science.

COMSTE chair Senator Edgardo J. Angara said that the disastrous earthquake that hit Japan and the resulting tsunami alerts that affected the entire Pacific region serve as another wake up call for the country to invest in the science of disaster management and preparedness.

Angara noted that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report from a global science forum entitled, “Applications of Complexity Science for Public Policy,” identifying resilience and vulnerability to extreme events as areas that could benefit from the application of complexity science.

The report defines a complex system as being, “composed of many parts that interact with and adapt to each other and, in so doing, affect their own individual environments and, hence, their own futures.”

“Complexity scientists seek and scrutinize patterns and tendencies in complex systems. When they succeed in identifying consistent tendencies, effective ways of positively influencing the systems may be derived from the scientific analysis.”

via PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines.

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