Nanjing Normal University is excited to host the 1st Regional Conference on Environmental Modeling and Software May 18-20, 2019 in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. This conference is the 1st official regional conference of International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), after 9th worldwide conference since 2002. This Conference is themed “Modelling for Environmental Sustainability: Asia’s Next Great Challenge” with an objective to foster the exchange of ideas and solutions leading to methods and techniques for managing these systems effectively and efficiently.
It is widely accepted that environmental sustainability is a critical for human life (especially for future generations). The practice of environmental sustainability attempts to provide solutions for rapidly depleting renewable/unrenewable resources and protecting the environment long-term. Modeling and simulation is continues to be an effective approach for better characterizing the real world and thus supporting practical policy-formulating and decision-making needs. Due to the complexity of Earth’s environmental system, which includes massive dynamic chemical, biological, and physical processes and complicated human activities, it is impossible to develop an all-inclusive models which represent all local and global environmental interactions. Therefore, it is essential to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines when modeling Earth’s environmental system. The methods, theories, and practices of interdisciplinary modeling (such as integrated environmental modeling, collaborative modeling, and participatory modeling) require continual improvement to meet these challenges. Studies about Future Earth (FE), Virtual Geographic Environment (VGE), E-Science and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based modeling are all important and effective approaches for exploring the environment’s past, present and future; these studies have also promoted trends towards sharing, reusing and integrating models, data and other modeling-related resources in an open web environment, which can support researchers’ communication and collaborative work. Moreover, the study of modeling for environmental sustainability needs to take the social barriers into consideration as well.
Asia, which is the largest and most populous continent in the world – including nearly 50 developed/developing countries – is now challenged by environmental sustainability as its biggest problem. Discussion of modeling for environmental sustainability in Asia can provide potential solutions for solving environmental problems not only in Asia but also worldwide. This iEMSs Regional Conference aims to discuss and explore related theories, methods and potential practices, facilitating communication between experts from multidisciplinary domains, encouraging extensive discussion regarding the potential directions of the field, and promoting further research for a bright future.
Please consult the Regional conference of iEMSs 2019 website for details including programme information.