iEMSs 2002 Special Sessions
This is the list of the sessions organised by the co-operating societies
at iEMSs 2002. iEMSs 2002 also organises other sessions on various topics
and we invite you to check out the list of iEMSs
MODSS - THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MULTIPLE OBJECTIVE DECISION SUPPORT
SYSTEMS FOR LAND, WATER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Organisers: JERRY HATFIELD, PHIL HEILMAN
Multiple Objective Decision Support Systems for land, water,
and environmental management provide a framework to evaluate tradeoffs between
environmental, economic, and social objectives. Natural systems around the
world are increasingly being managed for sustainability, in all its senses,
to reduce pollution, and to provide benefits to the communities affected
by those systems. Large advances have been made in DSS tools over the past
5 years and there has been continual development of analytical tools that
integrate qualitative and quantitative information. Sessions on MODSS
will focus on presentations that describe the DSS process, describe the analytical
tools required to populate DSS models, and evaluate the application of DSS
approaches to natural resource management.
Sessions are a combination of invited and volunteered papers designed to
address these broad topic areas.
ISESS - TOOL INTEGRATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
Organisers: ROBERT ARGENT, DAVE SWAYNE
The International Symposium for Environmental Software Systems
(ISESS) has since 1995 served as a forum for presentation and discussion
of innovative applications of computer science tools and techniques to environmental
I2A – INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT
We seek papers that demonstrate a unique contribution to environmental research
as well as to computer and computational science. Case study papers from
practical applications where the informatics content has had a significant
impact on a particular environmental issue are welcomed.
Organisers: HADI DOWLATALABI, JAN ROTMANS
The sessions focus is on Integrated Assessment: First of
all applications of Integrated Assessment, in the field of climate change
but also other fields such as water management, land use change, humanhealth,
etc. Secondly, methodological developments in Integrated Assessment, such
as IA-modelling, scenario building, participatory processes, indicators,
uncertainties, etc. And finally, cross-linkages between Integrated Assessment
and other fields such as Agent-based Modelling, Risk, Analysis, Policy Analysis,
Technology Assessment, etc.
BESAI – Binding Environmental Sciences and Artificial Intelligence
Organiser: MIQUEL SANCHEZ I MARRE
The session will create a discussion platform for AI and Environmental
researchers involved in the development of applications in the current
and sensitive area as Environmental Decision Support Systems are. There
have been many experimental environmental applications of AI tools and
techniques, but nowadays the recent innovations of AI enables the
construction of real applications.
Contributions are intended to come from all Environmental fields,
showing how AI approaches can be useful to the environmental systems.
New or improved techniques or methods, as well as innovative
applications are welcome.
Papers emphasising integration of various technologies or paradigms are
specially welcome including machine learning, data mining,
knowledge-based systems, case-based reasoning, soft computing, spatial
and temporal reasoning, modellingplanning and prediction, decision
processes, decision support systems, multiagent systems, etc.
ERCIM – 9th Working Group Environmental Modelling Workshop
Organiser: ACHIM SYDOW
The Working Group Environmental Modelling has been established to promote the cooperation and the research activities of groups working in the field of environmental modelling and simulation at ERCIM institutes.
Complex multi-dimensional simulation models of environmental systems require modern high-performance computer systems being still within the budgets of small companies and local government. The quality of the numerical algorithm design (fast equation solvers) is of the same importance as the hardware. Parallel computers and parallel simulation software play a central role for future research in this field. There is also a need for the introduction of modern software engineering concepts, which allow the efficient use and servicing of complex simulation software packages.
The quantity of used and derived data increases steadily with the increasing complexity of the models. New concepts for the data acquisition systems are under development (e.g. satellite imagery, weather radar, stationary and possibly mobile observation stations). The storage of datasets requires high-performance Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Database Management Systems (DBMS). These provide interfaces between the input data and the different simulation modules (pre-processing), and between the calculated results and the graphical representation (post-processing) respectively.
In order to form realistic simulation models of important environmental processes (air, water, soil), several interdependent models have to be linked together. Examples would be multi-disciplinary environmental and pollutant dispersion models for urban and industrial regions for both air and ground. Although many users are interested in such complex simulations, this type of high-performance computer model is only just beginning to be developed. Other complex simulation models can be derived from a study of the impact of changing environmental conditions on ecosystems. Current investigations show that the combined effect of several environmental impacts on human beings, plants, etc. is extremely nonlinear.
ISEM – Ecological modelling
Organiser: TARZAN LEGOVIC
Ecological modelling forms an important part of the science of environmental modelling. Since 1975 the International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM) has promoted the exchange of ideas, scientific results, and knowledge in the area of systems analysis and simulation in ecology and natural resource management.
This special session will be focused on the aims of the society with a special emphasis on the themes of the conference. We seek papers in the session describing the use of mathematical models and systems analysis in ecology and also applications of ecological modelling in natural resources management. Papers describing case studies where modelling has had a significant input to the description of ecosystems are most welcome.