The Northern Highlands Adaptive Management game allows the player to make decisions about the future of a social-ecological system based on the Northern Highland Lake District (NHLD) of Wisconsin. The social-ecological model that underlies the game was described by Carpenter and Brock (2004). The scenarios that are simulated by the game are available at the URL http://lakefutures.wisc.edu. A preliminary version of the scenarios and a social-ecological description of the NHLD were presented by Peterson et al. (2003). The game was programmed by Brad Grzesiak and Steve Carpenter using Matlab.
The program runs on Windows (95 or higher). Two versions are available. One requires Matlab 6.x or higher. The other version is executable from Windows, even if you do not own a separate copy of Matlab.
Matlab version: From the run window in Matlab 6.x or higher, type “rungame” to start the program.
Compiled version: Run the installer, you will be prompted to choose a folder in which the game will be installed. To start the game from Windows Explorer, click on the “ecogame” icon in that folder. Note that an “un-installer” is also provided in case you want to remove the game from your hard drive.
Additional instructions are in the Guide.
EcoGame Guide (pdf)
EcoGame Windows Version Installer (.exe file)
EcoGame Matlab Version (.zip folder)
This page last edited 23 April 2007