Integration Across Systems

Task 6: Integration across engineering, social, and environmental systems.

  • Systems dynamics is a technique to analyze the behavior of complex systems. In this research system dynamics will be used to elucidate the dynamic relationships between the engineering, social, and environmental components of anaerobic and algal-based wastewater recovery systems. Information gathered from research tasks 1-4 will be integrated into a causal loop diagram to help illustrate the relationships between factors. This conceptual model will provide an understanding of the complex relationships and hopefully help with policy decisions.
causal loop diagram

Basic causal loop diagram. Photo from Qiong Zhang