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Let us envision iEMSs as an umbrella organization to support a number of
“threads”, or “themes” that are organized into on-going community projects that
evolve based on the open source principles. This means that we are encouraging
and appreciating the participation in these projects, and we are trying to
provide the infrastructure by developing web support and tools needed for these
community projects.

There is the that has been built to support open source software
development. Many of its components are very appropriate for what we envision.
However there may be certain elements that are missing, since modeling is not
just software development. We could start on SourceForge and at the same time
start thinking about our own forge focused on models and projects. If we wish we
can even start an domain (the name is ours if we like it),
making it specifically designed to support environmental modeling projects. could then host either individual community models (say an open
source model for watershed dynamics) or projects (say on a framework to support
participatory modeling, or a project on environmental data mining).

The projects “live” on the web. They are open for others to join, to contribute,
to participate. The results are distributed under one of the open source
licenses (MIT, GPL, GPL 2, etc.) – this is at the discretion of the particular
communities that run the projects.

iEMSs conferences offer the opportunity for the iEMSs communities to meet in
person. Some of the sessions and workshops naturally extend the work in the
community projects.

It would be good to have a couple of projects identified and proposed for this kind of efforts.

Perhaps the two Special Issues recently announced on the iEMSs web page could morph into this kind of community efforts in the future.

One project that we probably should announce is the design of an eModelForge
itself. That is, to decide what kind of functionality such a web framework
should provide to support research and modeling in addition to only software

Another one that I’d like to see started is on frameworks for participatory,
stakeholder modeling. For this one we also have an SI in the works.

Please let know if there are any other proposals that we could announce to the
members and seek their involvement. We can probably start with a wiki on our web
page, or go to SourceForge and use their tools to start the projects going.
After we see how its developing we can then consider investing some more effort
to create the eModelForge web site specifically designed to support this kind of

Thanks and looking forward to hear from you shortly. Click here to contribute to the discussion

EM&S subscripion: discounted rates for iEMSs members

Elsevier has published the rates for the  subscription to the journal Environmental Modelling and Software for the year 2013. If you are a member of iEMSs the prices for 2013 are:

  • 72 USD for the print only version (it was 69 in 2012)
  • 90 USD for theprint version plus access to the online issue (it was 87 in 2012)

To take advantage of this offer you must fill in this form (well, it needs a bit of editing, since we haven’t received yet the form for 2013 from Elsevier…)

Minutes of the 4th biennial general meeting

The minutes of the 4th biennial general meeting of the iEMSs have been published in the “Document Archives” section of the website. The minutes also report the outcome of the elections of the new board and office for the 2008-2010 biennum and the selection of the next iEMSs conference venue: Ottawa, Canada, in 2010.

A discussion on iEMSs conferences in 2008, and before … and after

Dear iEMSs members,

In our on-going efforts to improve the quality of the iEMSs conferences, we would like to hear some comments and suggestion from participants of all our past meetings. What was good, what should be done again, what needs improvement? Any ideas on how to make the sessions and workshops even better? Are you happy with the conference format? Do you want more plenaries, or more discussion, or more talks? Do you think we make the right awards? How can we improve the quality of presentations?

We’d like to learn whatever your impressions are.

Your opinion is important and essential. To contribute to this discussion, please log in as member. Then, click on the “iEMSs 2008 discussion blog” link. Click on “Read more” to access all comments and to post your buy viagra italia opinion.

Proceedings of the iEMSs 2008 Conference

The Proceedings of the International Congress on International Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2008) are available here:

The proceedings are also available as three separate volumes, with page numbers:

How to cite

Miquel Sànchez-Marrè, Javier Béjar, Joaquim Comas, Andrea E. Rizzoli, Giorgio Guariso (Eds.)
Proceedings of the iEMSs Fourth Biennial Meeting: International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2008).
International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Barcelona, Catalonia, July 2008.

ISBN: 978-84-7653-074-0

New book: Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support

The book “Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support:  state of the art and new perspective” can be preorered. Edited by Anthony J. Jakeman, Alexey A. Voinov, Andrea E. Rizzoli, Serena H. Chen it collects the outcomes of many workshops which were held at iEMSs 2006.

The book deals with the integrated approach to the complex and multi-disciplinary nature of environmental problems. In fact, modelling and software have become key instruments used to promote sustainability and improve environmental decision processes, especially through systematic integration of various knowledge and data and their ability to foster learning and help make predictions. This book presents the current state-of-the-art in environmental modelling and software and identifies the future challenges in the field.


Please direct your enquiries  to:

iEMSs Secretariat c/- IDSIA
Galleria 2
6928 Manno

Email: secretary (at) iemss (dot) org

Editorial Board

Composition of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Modelling & Software.

Members of the iEMSs are listed in bold.



Professor A.J. Jakeman – The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Building 48A, Linnaeus Way, Canberra, ACT0200, Australia

(Tel: 00 61 26125 4742; Fax: 00 61 26125 8395; E-mail:


I.N. Athanasiadis – Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

A.E. Rizzoli – Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale, Galleria 2, Ch-6928 Manno, Switzerland (Tel: 41 91 610 8664; Fax: 41 91 610 8661; E-mail:

A. Voinov – Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente ( P.O. Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands (Tel: +31(0) 53 487 4507,   E-mail:    Webl:


Associate Editors

T. Berger – University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

M. Borsuk – Dartmouth College, USA

M. Donatelli, JRC Ispra, Italy

G. Guariso – Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy.

A. Jolma – Aalto University, Finland

S. Marsili-Libelli – University of Florence, Italy

B. Robson – CSIRO Land and Water Canberra ACT2600, Australia
M. Sànchez-Marrè–  Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

R. Seppelt – Martin-Luther Universität Halle- Wittenberg, Leipzig, Germany

D. Swayne – Computing Research Laboratory for the Environment, CIS Department, University of Guelph,
N1G 2W1, Canada.

Emeritus Editor

A. A. Jennings – Department of Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University,

10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7201, USA

Founding Editor Environmental Software

P. Zannetti – The EnviroComp Institute, Fremont, CA, USA

Editorial Assistant

Dr Serena Chen – The Australian National University, ACT0200, Australia

Editorial Board


K. Alexandridis, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA

D. Ames – Idaho State University, USA

R. S. Anderssen – CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra, Australia

R. M. Argent – University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

G. Blöschl – Technische Universitut Wien, Vienna, Austria

F. Bousquet – CIRAD, Montpellier, France

R. Brouwer – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

M. Deangelis – Università di Milano, Milano, Italy

R. Denzer – Environment Informatics Group at HTW University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken, Germany

S. Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

A. Ernest, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA

W. Geiger – Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany

A. Gronewold,  Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

B. Geelhoed, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

C. Gualtieri – University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

H. Hartmann – University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

L.M. Hilty – University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. Zürich, Switzerland

B. Hodges, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

A. Ines, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Palisades, NY,USA

G. Iovine – Italian National Research Council, Cosenza, Italy

K. Keesman – University of Wageningen, The Netherlands

T. Kokkonen – Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

D. P. Loucks – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

B. S. McIntosh – Centre for Water Science, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK

M.J. McAleer – Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

H. Maier – University of Adelaide, Australia

N. Mole – University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

J. Mysiak – Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Venice, Italy

J. P. Norton – Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

R.J. Oglesby – NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Lincoln, NE, USA

L. Oxley – University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

B. Page – University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

C. Pahl-Wostl – University of Osnabrück, Germany

C. Ramos-Scharrón -University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

P. Reed – Pennsylvania State University, USA

Y. Shao – City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

C. Smith – University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

R. Sojda – USDI Geological Survey, Bozeman, MT, USA

R. Soncini-Sessa – Politecnico di Milano, Italy

P. Vanrolleghem – Université Laval, Canada

I. Vardavas – University of Crete, Greece

O. Varis – Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland

P. Verburg, Department of Environmental Sciences Wageningen, The Netherlands

F. Villa – University of Vermont, USA

K. Voigt – German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany

J. Vrugt – University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

P. Young – Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

A. Zerger – CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australia


The iEMSs Office (2018-2020)


Dan Ames, Brigham Young University, United States


Marina Erechtchoukova, York University, Canada


Ioannis Athanasiadis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Vice -presidents

Ann van Griensven, UNESCO-IHE, Denmark

Nigel W.T. Quinn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States

Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland

Stefan Reis, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom


Carlo Lepori, IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland
Andrea-Emilio Rizzoli
, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2018, before the iEMSs 2018 biennial meeting.


2012-2016: Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, IDSIA, Switzerland

2008-2012: Alexey Voinov, ITC, U Twente, The Netherlands

2004-2008: Giorgio Guariso, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, EU

2000-2004: Anthony J. Jakeman, Australian National University, Australia.


The iEMSs Board of Directors (2018-2020)

In addition to the Office members, the following iEMSs members compose the Board of Directors:

  • Adeel Ahmad

  • Georgii Alexandrov

  • Min Chen

  • Susan Cuddy

  • Olaf David

  • Karina Gibert

  • Carlo Gualtieri

  • Takuya Iwanaga

  • Anthony Jakeman

  • Peter Khaiter

  • Christopher Knightes

  • Saurav Kumar

  • Giorgio Mannina

  • Jiri Nossent

  • Bram Oosterbroek

  • Nejadhashemi A. Pouyan

  • Tom Purucker

  • Miquel Sànchez-Marrè

  • Hedwig van Delden

  • R. Willem Vervoort

  • Alexey Voinov

  • Dali Wang

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2020.