SESSIONS

SESSIONS OR WORKSHOPS: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

SESSIONS

A Session, of which iEMSs 2010 has thirty-one, employs a "traditional" presentation-oriented format with three presentations per hour, keyed on a particular aspect of environmental modelling and software. Active participants will be expected to have had the corresponding paper accepted for the Proceedings, previous to the Conference final submission deadline.

WORKSHOPS

A Workshop, of which iEMSs has fifteen, is designed to promote discussions and interactive exchange of ideas and opinions. In keeping with this objective of making workshops into forums for discussion and innovation, we recommend that they are not to be composed of formal presentations. Instead, we anticipate a short seed talk by either an organizer or a designated keynote speaker, followed by an open exchange among participants.


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 S0. Open Session

If there is no session or workshop which matches your research interests or proposed paper, enter your submission in this session category. If several papers on a similar research area are submitted, a new session / workshop category will be created.

 S00. Tools and techniques for environmental modelling and software

This session, tools and techniques, is intended for papers of a background nature, whether novel uses of algorithms from spatial statistics or applications of supercomputers. If several papers concerned with e.g. supercomputing are submitted, a new session will be created (possibly also borrowing papers submitted to S0).

 S1. Forest fire modeling and software
Organiser: Wenbin Cui, Forest Research Institute, Ontario, Canada (Wenbin.cui@mnr.gov.on.ca)

This session will concentrate on forest fire models and the development of their corresponding software. The models mainly include models of forest fire occurrence, forest fire growth, forest fire behaviour, forest fire effect, and more importantly forest fire regime simulation. There are increasing interests in forest fire modeling recently. There exist many forest fire models in all the areas listed above but software are relatively few because the models are mostly research models and were not (well) designed for other users. Thus many users (researchers) have to develop their own models because the existing models are not flexible enough to meet their particular needs even though they might meet some of their requirements. The goal of the session will be not only exploring forest fire modeling but also combining forest fire modeling and software development.

 S2. Environmental fluid mechanics - theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches
Organisers: C.Gualtieri, Italy (carlo.gualtieri@unina.it)
D.T.Mihailovic, Serbia
N.Mole, United Kingdom
P.A.López Jiménez, Spain

Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM) is the scientific study of transport, dispersion and transformation processes in natural fluid flows on our planet Earth, from the microscale to the planetary scale. Stratification and turbulence are two essential ingredients of EFM. Stratification occurs when the density of the fluid varies spatially, as in a sea breeze where masses of warm and cold air lie next to each other or in an estuary where fresh river water flows over saline seawater. Turbulence is the term used to characterize the complex, seemingly random motions that continually result from instabilities in fluid flows. Turbulence is ubiquitous in natural fluid flows because of the large scales that these flows typically occupy. The processes studied by EFM greatly affect the quality of natural ecosystems. For this session papers reporting observational, experimental, numerical and theoretical investigations would be welcome. So the Session will be organized in two parts: Theoretical and Numerical aspects (Part 1) and Applicative, Software and Experimental issues (Part 2).

This session could tentatively cover the following topics:
  • Diffusion, turbulent dispersion and mixing of environmental contaminants in natural and engineered water systems and in the atmosphere
  • Processes at the environmental interfaces in soil, atmosphere and natural waters
  • Turbulent flows
  • Nonlinear processes in environmental fluid mechanics
  • Two-phase and multiphase flows
  • Stratified flows
  • Transport of water and chemicals in the soil

 S3. Modelling of dangerous phenomena and innovative techniques for hazard evaluation, mapping, and mitigation
Organisers: Giulio Iovine (g.iovine@irpi.cnr.it)
John B. Rundle (jbrundle@ucdavis.edu)
David Yuen (daveyuen@gmail.com)
Prof. Abani Patra (abani.patra@gmail.com)

Several types of dangerous phenomena (either natural or man-made) pose serious risk in many parts of the world. Fundamental tasks in hazard evaluation include the prediction of:
  1. the area influenced by the phenomenon,
  2. its evolution in space and time, and
  3. the understanding of the triggering mechanisms.
This section mainly focuses on theoretical and numerical research, especially those supported by computer-assisted techniques of computation. Among the different approaches which might be taken, some mainly focus on the problem of time-sequential movements, by using either physical-based or empirical methods of analysis, while other methods attempt to predict the evolution of a given natural phenomenon. Studies concerning innovative methods of modelling and simulation for hazard mapping and prevention puroses are welcome. Contributions on new techniques of simulation and mapping, case studies, and novel methods of model calibration and validation, as well as on sensitivity analyses, are solicited. Comparative discussions on the potential, and the limits of different modelling approaches, are also within the scope of this session.

 S4. The European Environmental Information Space: news and trends
Organisers: Dr. Kristina Voigt, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany (kvoigt@helmholtz-muenchen.de)

The continuous work in the EnviroInfo community which is mainly focussing European science and technologies is closely related to the topics treated in other societies like e.g. the iEMSs (International Environmental Modelling and Software Society), the TIES (The International Environmetrics Society) etc. In the past two years a major effort has been made to intensify the collaboration in Europe by establishing a European Environmental Information Space.

The EU granted project ICT-ENSURE (Information and Communication Technologies - Environmental Sustainability Research) is the leading support action in the area "ICT for Environmental Sustainability Research". The main objectives are to extend the network of environmental sustainability research and to explore the structure and content of European research programmes relevant for sustainable development. Two main topics will be presented an information system on European research programmes and research projects as well as full text databases on the proceedings' volumes in the field of Environmental Informatics.

Furthermore other European environmental modelling and informatics activities will be given in this session. Concerning the chemicals policy the REACH law and its environmetrical implications will be introduced. REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. In addition, a software assistant to help operators in fulfilling theirs tasks concerning the European Emission Trading System (ETS) is presented. In a different paper the software Umberto I used to model a trigeneration system providing electricity, heating and cooling to a building, revealing important relevant structures and flows. It will be demonstrated in the session that theoretical environmental disciplines like models, information systems, and software tools are of upmost importance in the pursuit of sustainability. A paper on the topic of sustainable chemistry rounds up this session.

 S5. Modeling and deciding with stakeholders
Organisers:Alexey Voinov (aavoinov@gmail.com)
Raffaele Giordano (raffaele.giordano@ba.irsa.cnr.it)
Jaroslav Mysiak
Francois Bousquet

Goals: Stakeholder engagement, collaboration, or participation, shared learning or fact-finding have become buzz words and hardly any environmental assessment or modeling effort today can be presented without some kind of reference to stakeholders and their involvement in the process. Stakeholder involvement became almost a "must". This is clearly a positive sign, however in far too many cases stakeholders are given only lip service and their engagement turns out to be quite formal. The linked session and workshop will explore the expanding field of participatory modeling and participatory decision analysis.

We intend to contribute to the emerging theory of stakeholder involvement, come up with some classifications and categorization of the multiple efforts in this area, and then focus on various applications and case studies. In particular we will consider the various modeling tools and frameworks that are available and will decide what are the benefits that they present for participatory efforts.

 S6. Ecosystem services concept for environmental management
Organisers:Ralf Seppelt, UFZ, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany
Martin Volk, UFZ, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany (ralf.seppelt@ufz.de)
Ann van Griensven, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands

How can environmental modelling support the implementation of the ecosystem services concept for environmental management? Towards appropriate methods for investigation, assessment, and implementation of ecosystem services in environmental management.

Topics
  • Model based quantifying ecosystem services
  • Use of ecosystem service modelling in regional case studies for environmental management
  • Who is using it where? Examples for the implementation of the ecosystem services concept in environmental management (under stakeholder involvement)
The ecosystem services concept enables development of policies that integrate social, economic, and ecological perspectives. Integrated environmental models are prone to support this concept as those can integrate several ecological functions, support the analysis of trade-offs and have been developed to a state where stakeholders can be involved and management solution can b derived.

Thus in this session we seek for regional studies and model development, that support a biophysical founded assessment of ecosystem services. Thus this session will be interdisciplinary firstly by discussion studies focussing on abiotic (water provisioning, regulating, soil protection) as well biotic processes (provisioning services, crop production, pollination, biocontrol). We welcome project that performance those studies with modelling approach on different levels of complexity. Second, we seek for investigations that specifically analyze trade-off and off site effects. Thirdly, we appreciate to see how these results fed into a stakeholder process (for instance using multi criteria analysis and weighting of ecosystem services for assessment). We expect to get excellent examples of these issues to stimulate consistency and creativity of future ESS studies.

 S7. Spatial agent-based models for socio-ecological systems
Organisers: Dawn C. Parker (dparker3@gmu.edu)
Tatiana Filatova (T.Filatova@ctw.utwente.nl)
Co-sponsor: Aberdeen Global Land Project Nodal Office on Integration and Modelling

Coupled socio-ecological systems are complex and operate on a variety of scales. Agent-based modeling is widely used in exploring how aggregated phenomena emerge from interactions of different actors and processes in micro level. This is especially important for modeling land use and various issues related to interactions in socio-ecological systems where human behavior changes the environment. Agent-based techniques allow modeling of these interactions and feedbacks between aggregated outcomes of heterogeneous human behaviors and their affects on environment in a spatially explicit way. This session invites papers demonstrating application of agent-based modeling to land use problems at different scales, socio-ecological problems, and modeling heterogeneous human behavior and its impacts on environment and ecosystem services. The range of questions this session focuses on include: coupling of socio-economic and biophysical models, adding a behavioral component to land use models, exploring different policy incentives for land managers, environmental impacts of different land management behaviors, finding appropriate scale of modeling human behavior and environmental processes in agent-based models, and building empirical agent-based models.

 S8. Integrating surface water quality models at the basin scale
Organisers: David Swayne, University of Guelph (suavedane@yahoo.com)
Yongbo Liu, University of Guelph
William Booty, Environment Canada
David Lam, Environment Canada
Isaac Wong, Environment Canada

Innovative and complex models have been developed for watershed models at field scale and for watersheds up to several hundred km². While some improvements have still to be made, the process models are increasingly accepted as reliable and realistic, if somewhat cumbersome in implementation and calibration.

All of these problems grow with the size of the area under observation. Currently, there is a "space barrier" beyond which the only practical estimators are loading estimates and crude spreadsheet models. Transport ability of models can be a problem within a large basin that straddles more than a few ecozones (eg. the Lake Winnipeg Basin in North America).

This session seeks input for the best practices for watershed modelling, when applying small scale models to large scale basin transport and fate calculations.

 S9. Modelling for Northern Environment's Sake: the models in need and the models in deed
Organisers: Georgii Alexandrov, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (g.alexandrov@nies.go.jp)
Kaz Higuchi, York University, Canada (kazh@yorku.ca)

The feature of Northern Environment is the lack of human domination. Indigenous population is relatively small and lives in balance with nature. This is a fragile balance, vulnerable to any technological intervention and climate change. Intensified development of the North may destroy this balance and make the indigenous population extinct. The purpose of this session is to identify the research lines in environmental modelling that may be essential for developing the knowledge that local communities will need to survive in a changing North.

Topics: Model use in the studies of Northern Environment (including case studies, decision models, and guidelines for involving stakeholders in model development)
  • Environmental monitoring of the North (with respect to environmental impact assessments)
  • Environmental management in the North (principles and conceptual frameworks)
  • Ecological economics of indigenous lifestyle in the North
  • Scenarios of the North development
  • Scenarios of Northern climate change

 S10. Integrated Modeling Technologies
Organisers: Andrea Rizzoli (andrea@idsia.ch), Gerry Laniak, Gene Whelan, Dan Ames, Noha Gaber, Alexey Voinov, and others TBD

This session will use a traditional technical presentation format to provide participants an opportunity to learn about the state of the art and advances in the development of new and existing frameworks and tools for the development of integrated modeling applications and tools as well as applications and case studies. The session will cover the following:
  • Frameworks: theory and practice. In this category I expect to see reports on the development of new and existing frameworks for the development of integrated modelling applications and tools. Both theoretical and practical aspects should be investigated.
  • Tools: these are specific software systems (e.g. DSS, or sustainabilty assessment tools) made as instances of frameworks. These are not yet applications, since they display some generic features that make them re-usable across studies and applications.
  • Applications and case studies: this is the place to report on concrete real-world applications of integrated modelling. Some of these applications might be based on the frameworks and tools previously introduced, but not necessarily. Particular attention should be devoted to the implications of uncertainty in the integration of large and diverse (in the sense of domain of application) models.
  • Standards, ontologies and conventions. How to describe models, space, time, complexity?

 S11. Sustainability appraisal – concepts, tools and outcomes
Organisers:Dr. Brian S. McIntosh, Centre for Water Science, Cranfield University, UK (B.McIntosh@Cranfield.ac.uk)
Dr. Keith Matthews, McAulay Institute, UK
Dr. Stefan Sieber, JRC Seville, Spain
Dr. Dagmar Haase, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany

Sustainability and sustainable development have stood notionally at the heart of environmental policy and management since the early 1990s. However they remain deeply contested and often difficult to operationalise concepts when it comes to using them as a basis for policy or management action. The basic aim of this session will be to provide a forum for the presentation and critical discussion of how sustainability appraisal is being incorporated (or failing to be incorporated) into environmental policy and management action through the use of models and software. To do so the organisers wish to invite contributions covering the full range of issues involved from concepts through models and tools to policy or management outputs and outcomes. The organisers are keen to see contributions covering a wide range of sustainability perpectives from impact minimisation through learning and change to flexibility and resilience.

The session will be run as a traditional presentation session with accompanying workshop, from which the ambition is to produce a positioning paper for publication in Environmental Modelling and Software.

 S12. Environmental monitoring: methods, models, designs and criteria of efficiency
Organisers: Marina Erechtchoukova, York University, Canada (marina@yorku.ca)
Peter Khaiter, York University, Canada (pkhaiter@yorku.ca)

Rationale: Environmental monitoring is an important starting point in environmental modeling process. Monitoring provides observation data which are used for model calibration, validation and simulation experiments in order to draw conclusions on the current and future states of the investigated environmental resource. Since monitoring systems operate in a changing environment and are subject to budgetary constraints, the evaluation of the efficiency and improvements in data collection are urgent. The interdisciplinary nature of a monitoring system dictates the necessity to consider different and sometimes contradicting aspects of the system during its optimization. Formal optimization techniques require quantification of the effectiveness of a monitoring design in order to weigh it versus the design cost.

The session is aimed at bringing together researchers and practitioners who are interested in optimization and/or improvement of environmental monitoring and, particularly, in the development of efficiency criteria of monitoring programs, optimization methods and approaches to monitoring design, novice methods of observation data processing and application of simulation models to various aspects of environmental monitoring.

 S13. Bringing together spatial models of energy, material and water flows in (semi-)natural and technical systems
Organisers: Dr. Ruediger Schaldach (schaldach@usf.uni-kassel.de) Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany
Jennifer Koch ( koch@usf.uni-kassel.de) Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany

The main focus of current spatially explicit land-use system models is the simulation of geographical patterns and their environmental impacts and/or the exploration of interaction between human decision making and the environment. In both cases, the process-based simulation of flows of energy, water and chemical elements within (semi-)natural systems is of central importance. On the other hand, there are numerous simulation techniques available for energy and material flows within technical systems. These include event based models of logistic transport processes as well as methods from the field of Life Cycle Analysis, both representing (semi-)natural systems on a relatively aggregated level. Due to their strong linkage, there is the need for approaches that couple detailed models of land-use systems and technical systems. This session will concentrate on case studies and software solutions which aim at the integrated spatially explicit modeling of energy, material and water flows of both semi-natural and technical systems within geographical regions. Examples may include the coupling of land-use to logistic processes or the link between spatial traffic activities, air pollution and their environmental impacts.

 S14. Modelling the coupled social-environmental and physical systems of urban water
Organisers: Vikas Kumar (vikas.kumar@sheffield.ac.uk), Catchment Science Centre, Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK
D. N. Lerner, Catchment Science Centre, Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK
B. Harris, Catchment Science Centre, Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK
B. Surridge, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK

Urban water management (UWM) has changed greatly in recent decades, and is no longer just about water suppl, sewage and flood defence. It now includes economic and social regeneration, river restoration, ecological habitat creation, riverside urban development, and the provision of amenity and recreational facilities. Despite fine technical work and research on urban water supply engineering and economics, it often seems that such work has not provided a clear unified approach for combining the different approaches to modelling and decision-making for social-environmental and physical systems of urban water. The fundamental challenge that UWM presents to decision makers is how to balance competing and often conflicting environmental, social and economic demands that are placed on catchments. A key challenge for modelling which seeks to support the decision makers is to represent these complex systems in simple yet robust ways. The integrated model should help to negotiate the complex and often conflicting demands associated with UWM. In recent years, many modelling techniques with the potential to meet these challenges have emerged, ranging from graphical probabilistic techniques to agent based AI techniques. Several projects have also taken these techniques forward to the implementation stage and engaged with decision makers.

The aim of this session will be to present recent theoretical and applied work in the area of integrated modelling to support UWM. This session will seek to stimulate analysis and discussion around a number of important issues, including:
  • Interfacing social and engineering models.
  • Comparing different techniques.
  • What are the issues for effective implementation?
  • Acceptance - the challenges of the transition from prototype model to real life application.

 S15. Integrated Assessment Modelling of Air Quality and Climate Change across different spatial and temporal scales
Organisers: Stefan Reis (srei@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, CEH, United Kingdom
Tim Oxley, Imperial College London

This session is designed to attract model developers as well as stakeholders applying/using integrated assessment models for the design of integrated strategies to improve air quality and to combat climate change. Currently, a variety of integrated assessment models is being developed and applied for a wide range of science and policy questions. These operate on different spatial scales (global, regional, national and local) and - addressing key environmental problems with quite different temporal horizons - are applied to develop policy strategies for both immediate and long-term implementation. Environmental topics such as air pollution and climate change are in the focus of this session, but issues of scale are of particular relevance as well for cross-media effects of pollution, which are often key aspects of model integration and integrated policy design.

Papers submitted to this session should address aspects of integration in crossing spatial scales, dealing with issues of different time-scales and, first and foremost, demonstrate advanced levels of integration both from a model development and an application point of view. Pending the number and coverage of papers submitted, a dedicated special issue publication in an appropriate journal (e.g. Environmental Pollution, Environmental Modelling & Software) is intended.

 S16. Feedbacks in socio-environmental systems
Organisers: Joerg A. Priess, (joerg.priess@ufz.de), Nina Schwarz (nina.schwarz@ufz.de), Sven Lautenbach (sven.lautenbach@ufz.de), Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Others TBD

The dynamics of socio-environmental systems are driven by exogenous forces and by the interaction of endogenous system components, both within the social and environmental realms, as well as between them. In recent years, the number of models and modelling frameworks explicitly representing feedbacks has increased. Thus, a synthesis of chances and pitfalls in including feedbacks in such models is needed. Land use systems are an important example of socio-environmental systems and will be used as the main focus of the analysis.

Land use changes are on the one hand caused by a complex interaction of human and/or institutional land use demands and the environment which supports or limits human use in several aspects. On the other hand, land use changes and their effects at least partly influence the respective driving forces and future land-use decisions, e.g. by affecting the productivity of agricultural land, in- or decreasing the quality of life in (residential) urban areas, increasing accessibility and thereby facilitating the economic development of areas and so forth. Accordingly, feedback loops of (i) land use changes or (ii) changes of the state of the environment on the socio-economic drivers and land-use decisions are crucial for capturing at least some aspects of the complex socio-environmental system.

For this session, we invite papers on modelling case studies that explicitly deal with land-use related feedbacks in socio-environmental systems. Papers might cover, but are not restricted to, the following topics:
  • land-use change
  • farming
  • forest management
  • urban development
  • tourism
  • coastal zone management
Abstracts should briefly describe the research question, chosen modelling approach (including calibration and model coupling if applicable), implemented feedbacks with spatial and temporal scale, and results. This session is followed by a corresponding workshop which aims at synthesising results.
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to write a full paper with publication in a special feature of Environmental Modelling and Software (to be confirmed).

 S17. Scientific workflow tools for the environmental domain - technologies and applications
Organisers: Susan Cuddy (susan.cuddy@csiro.au), Jean-Michel Perraud and others TBD

The execution of large-scale environmental modelling exercises (multiple watersheds, multiple models, many data sources, multi-issue, multiple reporting requirements) requires the development and execution of complex scientific and reporting workflows. These may be embedded in an integrated modelling environment - or, more usually, bring together suites of different tools, datasets and processes. The development of scientific workflow tools appears to provide a practical solution for binding disparate data and toolsets together within a controllable framework.

This session invites papers that describe the development and use of scientific workflow tools for environmental modelling. Papers on all and any aspects - technical, governance, adoption, challenges, lessons learnt - are welcome.

 S18. Environmental Impacts of Natural Offshore Obstacles
Organisers: Andrea Atzeni, University of Cagliari, Italy (aatzeni@unica.it)
Andrea Sulis, University of Cagliari, Italy (asulis@unica.it)

A problem that must be addressed in the design of coastal structure is prediction of the effects of the structure's presence on the shoreline. Breakwaters simulate "nature's way" of using natural obstacles to protect the shoreline, and a thorough understanding of shoreline responses to natural obstacles outside the laboratory can give insights and data to prevent over-design (e.g. tombolo formation), eroding downdrift beach and other negative environmental impacts from single or multiple breakwaters. Environmental and structural effects that control the mode (erosion and accretion) and the magnitude of the shoreline responses in the lee of natural obstacles are not well understood at present, perhaps these conditions having been affected by changing marine climate over recent decades.

This session is concerned with reporting on present knowledge of field observations, laboratory experiments, and numerical modeling studies of shoreline response to natural reefs and islands. Papers are encouraged that address topics in the following priority areas:
  • Field observations and scale physical modeling studies to investigate nearshore circulation patterns and resulting shoreline responses;
  • Development and application of theoretical models and software tools to simulate beach profiles evolution at various locations in the lee of obstacles.

 S19. Modeling climate change impacts: water resources and agriculture
Organisers: Andrei Kirilenko (andrei.kirilenko@und.edu), University of North Dakota
Xiaodong Zhang (zhang@aero.und.edu), University of North Dakota

Changing climate is likely to modify hydrologic resources of agricultural areas. The direct effects of these modifications include loss of arable land, loss of infrastructure, changing soil moisture regime. These changes add to the direct effects of shifting temperature and precipitation pattern on agricultural production. The balance between the positive effect from expanding growing season and negative effect from decreasing soil water availability and higher frequency of meteorological droughts will determine the local impacts of climate change on yields; however the societal impact can be moderated by the adaptations. Amplified by the land use change, the effects of hydrological regime modifications are especially strong in the basins of terminal lakes, which form closed hydrologic systems.

We especially welcome presentations discussing the endorheic basins; however the session invites all abstracts focusing on modeling of climate change impacts on water resources of agricultural lands, including the following topics:
  • modification in hydrological regime,
  • impacts on the endorheic basins,
  • water quality,
  • impact on yield,
  • societal impacts and adaptations,
  • accounting for data, model and scenario uncertainty, and application of model ensembles.

 S20. Model development: the role of uncertainty and model diagnostics
Organisers: Barry Croke (barry.croke@anu.edu.au), Hoshin Gupta, Thorsten Wagener, David Post and Ian Littlewood

Development of models requires understanding of the processes involved and the uncertainties in the data used, as well as techniques for evaluating model performance. Uncertainty in the data masks the signature of the system being modelled, limiting the degree of model development when using the top-down approach (building a model based on the signal contained in the data). For bottom-up models, data uncertainty leads to an inability to distinguish between equally plausible model structures. Development of suitable models therefore requires a balance between complexity/detail in representation of processes involved and the impact of data uncertainty. In regard to model performance, the evaluations should emphasise where a model has difficulty (and why), rather than where a model does well, so that improvements in model structure can be pursued. This session will explore these issues, and contributions are invited relating to model development and diagnostics under/for 3 conditions:
  1. gauged basins,
  2. ungauged basins, and
  3. basins under change (land cover and climate).

 S21. Intelligent and collaborative engineering of environmental knowledge: Software platforms, agents and semantics – a special session organized by i-Seek, International Workshop on "Intelligent Systems for Environmental (Knowledge) Engineering and EcoInformatics"
Organisers: Ioannis N. Athanasiadis (ioannis@idsia.ch), Konstantinos Kotis, Andrea-Emilio Rizzoli, and Ferdinando Villa

Models, and to a lesser extent datasets, embody sophisticated statements of environmental knowledge. Yet, both models and datasets rarely encode this knowledge in forms that are self-contained enough to be understood and used - by humans or machines - without the modeller's mediation. Intelligent and collaborative systems that exploit semantic technologies, agent-based computing or modern software engineering principles can provide a remedy to the above situation. This session aims to bring together scientists reporting on recent advances on the field, especially on the following topics:
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning for environmental systems
  • Collaborative ontology engineering of environmental knowledge
  • Semantic annotation and tagging of environmental resources
  • Semantic modeling of environmental and ecological processes
  • Semantic technologies in environmental sensors networks
  • Intelligent agent systems or service oriented systems for environmental knowledge brokering
  • Agreement technologies for agents communication and ontology evolution in the environmental domain
  • Scientific workflows with rich semantics
  • Declarative modeling of environmental and ecological processes
  • Environmental markup languages and standards
  • Environmental ontologies (including epistemological and alignment issues)
  • Semantics for efficient environmental data management
  • Intelligent environmental services, tools, and applications

 S22. Interaction Design for Environmental Information Systems
Organisers: Daryl Hepting, University of Regina, Canada (dhh@cs.uregina.ca)
Steven Frysinger, James Madison University, USA (frysinsp@jmu.edu)
Markus Wrobel, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany (wrobel@pik-potsdam.de)

Environmental informatics (or enviromatics) is a maturing subject with interdisciplinary roots. The application of information and communication technology (ICT) to the environment is emerging as one of great importance as the health of our planet gains priority on research agendas. Ultimately, environmental information must be put into people's hands so that they can make decisions. How best to involve stakeholders, so that they can access the information they need and put it to use in a satisfying manner, remains a topic of inquiry. Underlying the larger benefits of enviromatics as a tool for policy decisions is the architecture that enables those decision making processes. To maximize the value of the infrastructure, interaction design must be an integral part of the architectural plan. How do we best employ metaphor in educating users and influencing their mental models? What are the ethical concerns involved and how can they be addressed? This design helps the user to improve the quality of the information that is produced, presented, and used. Contributions are sought for a special session on human factors in enviromatics. We will seek to put work on interaction design and human computer interaction into the specific context of environmental modelling and software, with the goal of understanding how to draw on and apply existing knowledge to environmental informatics so that efforts are focused on refinement and adaptation instead of reinvention. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Usability analyses
  • Decision psychology
  • Task analyses (including, for example, decision support)
  • Validation of ICT tools
  • Human-computer interface design
  • Human performance evaluation

 S23. Second Session on Data Mining as a Tool for Environmental Scientists (S-DMTES-2010)
Organisers: Karina Gibert, Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning group and Dep. Statistics and Operations Research, both at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain karina.gibert@upc.edu
Miquel Sanchez-Marre, Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning group. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Joaquim Comas, Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Girona, Catalonia
Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda, Catalan Institute for Water Research, Catalonia
Antonio Ciampi, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Ioannis Athanasiadis, Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale, Lugano, Switzerland
Joaquin Izquierdo, Grupo Multidisciplinar de Modelacion de Fluidos, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

This session is strongly linked with W-DM-TES2010, third iEMSs workshop, and aims to approach and to promote the interaction between the Environmental Sciences community to the Data Mining community and related fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Statistics or other fields to discuss the contribution of Data Mining techniques to Knowledge Discovery in Environmental Sciences, as well as to make data mining techniques more accessible to environmental modellers and to give data miners and developers a better idea of the needs and desires of the environmental community. The workshop will introduce interested parties to a range of data mining techniques and a selection of software packages. We also invite presentations of interesting applications of data mining to environmental problems. New or improved techniques or methods are welcome, as well as innovative applications.

 S24. Intelligent Environmental Decision Support Systems
Organisers: Miquel Sànchez-Marrè, Knowledge Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning Group (KEMLG), Technical University of Catalonia, Catalonia (Main contact: miquel@lsi.upc.edu)
Virgínia Brilhante*, Computing Science Department, Federal University of Amazonas – UFAM, Manaus, Brazil
Ulises Cortés, Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning Group (KEMLG), Technical University of Catalonia, Catalonia
Joaquim Comas, Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Girona, Catalonia
Karina Gibert, Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning Group (KEMLG), Technical University of Catalonia, Catalonia
Andrea Emilio Rizzoli*, IDSIA - Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale, Manno, Switzerland
Ignasi Rodríguez-Roda, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Catalonia
Rick Sojda*, NRMSC, US Dept. of the Interior - Geological Survey/Ecology Dept., Montana State University, USA
Jean Philippe Steyer*, PEACE group, Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory - INRA, France
Peter Struss, Computer Science Department, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Manel Poch, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Catalonia


Topics
  • Methodologies and frameworks for the development of IEDSSs
  • Integration of AI and Statistical/Mathematical Models in IEDSSs
  • Model recommendation in IEDSSs
  • Benchmarking and validation of IEDSSs
  • Relevant Applications and Case studies of IEDSSs
  • Other open issues in IEDSSs: spatial reasoning, temporal reasoning, uncertainty modelling and management
Description The session will establish a discussion platform for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Environmental researchers involved in the development of applications in the Intelligent Environmental Decision Support Systems (IEDSS) area. Nowadays, AI techniques such as Rule-based reasoning, Fuzzy models, Case-based reasoning, Qualitative reasoning, Artificial neural networks, Genetic algorithms and programming, Model-based reasoning, Bayesian networks, and Multi-agent systems provide a solid basis for construction of reliable and real applications. IEDSS are present in the environmental management process at different levels such as hazard identification, risk assessment, risk evaluation and intervention decision-making, but there is neither a well defined methodology or framework for the development of IEDSSs nor for Model integration nor for Model recommendation techniques nor for Benchmarking and validation of IEDSSs. Outstanding applications and case studies of IEDSSs with important contributions are also welcome. Other open issues can be addressed, such as the spatial reasoning, temporal reasoning, and uncertainty modelling and management in IEDSSs. These are the open challenges to be addressed by the session papers, and special emphasis will be given to Environment's sake issues.

Session participants may come from all Environmental Science and Artificial Intelligence or Statistical Modelling fields.

 S25. Managing regional water resource systems under changing conditions
Organisers: Julien Harou (j.harou@ucl.ac.uk)
Patrick Reed
Amaury Tilmant
David Rosenberg

Changing social, economic, climatic, and environmental conditions continuously challenge our preconceptions on the availability, use and management of water resources. Modeling and decision support innovations are needed to promote adaptation and resilience within our water resources systems given the nonstationarity of future hydrologic extremes and human needs. Paths forward will require mixtures of innovative management schemes that promote flexibility in water allocations, new infrastructure, alternative supplies and demand management programs. This session seeks to address the following questions: what modeling and planning methods work best for preparing integrated regional water resource systems for potentially severe changes in future conditions? How can such planning approaches be effectively deployed in decision support tools? Will they be stochastic? Multi-objective? Collaborative? Hydro-economic? And, now that online real-time data is available to water managers, is there an opportunity for short-term information to connect to mid and long-term risk-based planning applications? This session seeks to showcase modeling applications and software that helps better manage regional water systems in changing conditions.

 S26. Modelling and support tools for management and optimization of the integrated wastewater system
Organisers:Peter Vanrolleghem. modelEAU, Département de génie civil, Université Laval,Québec QC, Canada (Peter.Vanrolleghem@gci.ulaval.ca)
Joaquim Comas. Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Girona, Spain (quim@lequia.udg.edu)
Wolfgang Rauch. Unit of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Innsbruck, Austria (Wolfgang.Rauch@uibk.ac.at)
Xavier Flores Alsina. modelEAU, Département de génie civil, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada
Joaquim Comas. Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Girona, Girona, Spain
Dirk Muschalla. modelEAU, Département de génie civil, Université Laval, Québec G1V 0A6, QC, Canada
Eduardo Ayesa. CEIT, Section of Environmental Engineering, San Sebastián, Spain
Hubert Colas. BPR-CSO, Montréal QC H1P 3H3. Montreal. Canada
Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda. Catalan Institute of Water Research. Parc Científic i Tecnol├▓gic de la Universitat de Girona, Girona. Spain
David Butler. Centre for Water Systems, School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK

The aim of this session consists in the creation of a discussion platform for researchers involved in the development and application of modelling and support tools for the integrated management and optimization of wastewater systems. The idea is not only to present the last trends in mechanistic integrated modelling and system analysis (e.g. uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, frequentist and Bayesian inference) but also to incorporate new techniques/tools such as intelligent decision support systems, soft computing, case-based reasoning, fuzzy control, qualitative reasoning, neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, benchmarking, agents, etc. The session is open to new paradigms and technologies to support integrated wastewater management and optimization, including aspects related to the interaction between the different sub-systems (sewer system, wastewater treatment and receiving media) and the elements of each sub-system relevant for this interaction. Thus, this session will favour contributions extending the classical modelling approach, going further to cover modelling and support tools for innovative processes and emerging technologies and multi-objective process optimization.

 S27. Linkages in Human and Environmental Health Modelling
Organisers:Dr. Wilfred Cuff, Health Canada (Wilfred_Cuff@phac-aspc.gc.ca)
Nick H. Ogden, Interim Director, Environmental Issues Division - Division des enjeux environnementaux, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases - Centre des maladies infectieuses d'origine alimentaire, environnemental et zoonotique, Public Health Agency of Canada - Agence de la santé publique du Canada
Venkata R Duvvuri, Centre for Disease Modelling, York University, (dvenkata@yorku.ca)

Note: due to late posting, this session will have a relaxed deadline:

Submission of abstracts - December 15, 2009

Notification of acceptance - December 31, 2009

Human health threats in the Developed World (such as Western equine encephalitis, West Nile virus and H1N1 influenza) have, as a condition for their spread, a considerable environmental component. Many diseases (for example tuberculosis and malaria) thrive in conditions typical of environmental challenges. As the environment is degraded, so is the state of human health where this degradation, whether in air and water quality, lack of sanitation or overcrowding. Human health matters to us all, and the classical providers are medical doctors (MDs) who are important in health care. MDs are not particularly well educated in software technologies; as a result software is forced to appreciate the nature of the medical doctor. This session will focus on the provision of environmental information as it affects human health, by various means, from the perception of the governmental health agencies and environmental health information providers, and the potential of human health information to assist in environmental model application.

 S28. Modelling extremes in climate variables
Organisers:L.A. Sanabria (Geoscience Australia) (Augusto.Sanabria@ga.gov.au)

Note: due to late posting, this session will have a relaxed deadline:

Submission of abstracts - December 15, 2009

Notification of acceptance - December 31, 2009

This session will focus on mathematical tools to model extreme values in climate variables such rainfall, wind speed, temperature, etc. using observations or climate-modelled data.

Papers on techniques to fit extreme value distributions, point process, etc. to location-based as well as regional (gridded) data are welcome. Also papers on application of extreme value analysis to practical problems in weather-related fields such as natural hazards, impact of extremes in agriculture, health, infrastructure, etc. are welcome.

 S29. Multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of environmental flows
Organisers:Hansong Tang, Dept. of Civil Eng., City College, City Univ. of New York, NY, USA (htang@ccny.cuny.edu)
Timothy Keen, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, USA (timothy.keen@nrlssc.navy.mil)
Zhifeng Yang, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (zfyang@bnu.edu.cn)
G. Q. Chen, School of Eng., Peking Univ., Beijing, China. (gqchen@pku.edu)

Note: due to late posting, this session will have a relaxed deadline:

Environmental processes are commonly inter-related and efforts to simulate them must, therefore, span a range of spatial and temporal scales. It is often necessary to incorporate feedback mechanisms in these modeling studies as well. In order to accommodate these multi-scale and multi-physics (MSMP) requirements, new strategies in coupled/nested/adaptive modeling are emerging in numerical simulation of environmental flows for a range of problems. MSMP approaches, however, are challenging in view of complicated interactions between different physics and scale phenomena. This session will provide researchers with a forum to present their successful results as well as problems from their own research, and to discuss common issues and future developments. The session invites papers on MSMP strategies as well as applications.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Numerical analysis on modeling coupling
  • Numerical methods for coupling different models
  • Integrated wave, current, morphology modeling
  • Sediment transport and its interaction with current
  • Algae blooming and lake/estuary flow
  • Surface water and ground water
  • Atmosphere and ocean flow interaction
  • Wetland flow modelling