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Contains terms and definitions used in the reference book, the project and the structure of the Ontology.

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Those aspects of people’s identities that reflect what they deem to be desirable, important, and worthy of striving for in their lives.


Speed of a water particle in a particular direction at a point in a fluid.

Verification (or validation)

Process of proving that model outputs match closely with observed information, which has not been used in calibration.

Verified model

Model that has been shown to produce acceptable predictions by comparison with independent field measurements.


The state of being prone to or susceptible to harm. In this respect, we can distinguish different forms of vulnerability (e.g., social, economic, environmental and so on).