Whole systems thinking

The group is developing tools to support interactive top down analysis and visualisation of energy, material and natural resource systems.

These tools are available to researchers, as well as strategic thinkers in industry and government. They enable users to anticipate how our exploitation of resources may create environmental stress, including interactions between energy, land, water, bulk and critical material systems, at different geographical scales.

Forecasting future human demands is difficult, so instead our work aims to identify how different approaches to resource will influence future resource stress. Our main activities in this area are:

  • Foreseer: developing an online tool to visualise coupled resource stresses
  • WholeSEM: we are part of a consortium of universities developing methods to analyse alternative future energy systems in the UK
  • Specific resource systems: we have developed analyses at global and national scale of the flows of energy, greenhouse gas emissions, the bulk and critical metals, water and biomass.

Current projects

Past projects

Other past work

Fundamental engineering analysis of carbon emissions
Future flow and emissions for steel and aluminium production
Global analysis of land-use and climate change
Global and regional resource scenario analysis
Land component of integrated scenario analysis of resources
Multi-agent modelling of supply chain network dynamics
Negotiating long-term targets to reduce CO2 emissions associated with consumer products
Reducing CO2 emissions through lightweight design and manufacturing
Steel, aluminium and the carbon targets
Systems component of integrated scenario analysis of resources
Water component of integrated scenario analysis of resources