Screen capture from the MIMES model

Multiscale Integrated Earth Systems Model (MIMES)

Use this analytical framework to understand and visualize ecosystem service values.

The Multiscale Integrated Models of Ecosystem Services (MIMES) model is an approach and analytical framework designed to integrate different types and scales of knowledge in order to understand and visualize ecosystem service values by revealing transformations in natural, human, built, and social capital through an interaction matrix.

Graphic of the MIMES general model

The MIMES organizational and interaction matrix.

MIMES case studies rely on georeferenced datasets as well as knowledge of ecological, economic, and social processes. These diverse information sources are synthesized as systems models (e.g., SHIRAZ, DHSVM, and Daycent) within a computational environment that analyzes and forecasts ecosystem service and human-use dynamics over space and time. The framework is supported by a growing library of modules that are nested within modeled ecosystems. MIMES is also supported by developing theory on the dynamics of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). When appropriate, new case studies benefit from previous work by adapting available modules through a collaborative dialogue with stakeholders for plug-and-play utility.

The MIMES framework is unique:

  1. It has the ability to consider multiple ecosystem goods and services simultaneously and calculate their responses to multiple interacting environmental and human drivers at a range of spatial and temporal scales;
  2. MIMES is both spatially and temporally explicit, allowing users to understand the long-term sustainability of ecosystem services under different scenarios of human action; and
  3. MIMES is a sophisticated and transferable knowledge system for CHANS (coupled human and natural system) dynamics.

The MIMES approach has been applied in New Zealand (Manuwatu MIMES) and Massachusetts (Massachusetts Ocean MIMES) and is under development for the Ministry of Fisheries in Cambodia to help manage fisheries policies on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Information and documentation is available by contacting the Tulalip Tribes, or Roelof M. Boumans. MIMES currently uses the Simile programming interface, which requires the purchase of a site license. Efforts are underway to develop an open source version of the programming interface.

Last modified
2 February 2018 - 2:26pm