Network systems provide humans with essential services but can crash dramatically, a case in point being the financial collapse in 2008. Can these crises be predicted before it is too late? The answer is yes, and the key tool is network theory.
Re-EcoNet is an UCD based multidisciplinary collaboration between theoretical ecologists, applied mathematicians, physicists, geomorphologists, and biologists who use network science to discover the processes that confer stability and resilience on ecosystems.
The overarching goal is the formulation of a research platform to develop large scale projects (e.g. a COST Action) focusing on the detection of the onset of systemic crises in ecosystems under global change threats.