WIT Press

CONFINED ONTIC OPEN SYSTEMS

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DNE-V5-N1-3-9

Volume

Volume 5 (2010), Issue 1

Pages

6

Page Range

3 - 9

Author(s)

E. TIEZZI, G. CECCONI & N. MARCHETTINI

Abstract

Confi ned Ontic Open Systems is a new ecodynamic model based on Prigogine’s thermodynamics, Ulanowicz’s ontic openness and Coherence Domains with defined boundaries and constraints. The model has a wide range of applications, including ecosystems (e.g. invasive species, the lagoon of Venice), ecological economics, urban organization, the supra-molecular structure of water and global biosphere’s models. The model is explained in terms of evolutionary thermodynamics and Jørgensen’s ecosystems theory, namely “order out of chaos” and eco-exergy. Particular attention is devoted to the emergence of novelties and to the role of water.

Keywords

coherence domains, dissipative structures, open systems