Duration: 2015 –
Coordinator: Dr. Igor Mayer
Concept: Xander Keyser, Lodewijk Abspoel
MSP Challenge is a multi-dimensional, multi-player computer supported serious game for and about marine spatial planning. The game is developed and owned by the Netherlands ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and Breda University of Applied Sciences, Academy for Digital Entertainment. The MSP software has been redesigned throughout 2016-2017, and as part of this redesign, EII implemented a linkage to Ecopath with Ecosim to compute ecological impacts of marine planning decisions during game play.
At the time of writing (2020), three MSP sessions are available featuring EwE models for the North Sea, the Baltic, and the Celtic Sea. These models are adjusted for MSP game play by Ecopath Research and Development Consortium partners. The MSP software and underlying EwE engine are fully data-driven, which creates the possibility to create MSP games for any region in the world. We are very excited about these new capabilities!
MSP sessions for Chinese waters and the Adriatic are in progress.
Model inter-connectivity, EwE programming, case study support, scientific support
Combining ecosystem modeling with serious gaming in support of transboundary maritime spatial planning Journal Article
Ecology and Society, 25 (2), 2020, ISSN: 1708-3087, (Publisher: The Resilience Alliance).
A Digital Game-Based Simulation Platform for Integrated Marine Spatial Planning: Design Challenges and Technical Innovations Journal Article
The Journal of Ocean Technology, 15 (2), pp. 78–100, 2020, (Library Catalog: www.thejot.net).
Food-web modeling in the Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge Simulation Platform: Results from the Baltic Sea Region Inproceedings
50th Anniversary ISAGA Conference, 2019.
EwE model guidelines for MSP game play Technical Report
Ecopath International Initiative Barcelona, 2018, (Type: Journal contribution).
MSP Challenge 2050 food web review Technical Report
Integrating Ecopath with Ecosim into the MSP software - conceptual design Technical Report
Ecopath International Initiative Barcelona, (2.5), 2018, (Type: Journal contribution).