Quantitative and Systemic Methods for Modeling Sustainability

Amin Hosseinian-Far, Hamid Jahankhani

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There are various approaches to modeling sustainability. These can be classified into five main categories: pictorial visualization, quantitative, physical, conceptual, and standardizing. According to Todorov and Marinova, quantitative models are classified into subcategories: macroeconometric, computable general equilibrium, optimization, systems' dynamic, probabilistic/Bayesian network, and multiagent. Each of the modeling approaches has a number of advantages and disadvantages. This chapter reviews and examines quantitative approaches in modeling sustainability by considering their applications, benefits, and drawbacks. The chapter contains generic discussions on the suitability of each method in the context of sustainability modeling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Information Technology: A Sustainable Approach
Place of PublicationUnited States
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780128016718
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameGreen Information Technology: A Sustainable Approach
PublisherElsevier Inc.


  • AI
  • Complexity
  • Influence diagrams
  • Integrated assessment
  • Knowledge representation
  • Modeling
  • Software agents
  • Sustainability


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