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Modelling and more… a new(ish) blog

Interested in an easy-to-read digest of new developments in modelling and associated areas such as stakeholder engagement, scoping, model integration, and research implementation? Check out the Integration and Implementation Insights blog (http://I2Insights.org).

At one year old with more than 120 posts, the blog is proud to have had contributors from 21 countries and readers from 165. Click on “modelling” in the tag cloud to find all the contributions on that topic, including:

Contributions are very welcome! The focus of the blog is on methods and concepts for:

  • synthesizing and sharing diverse knowledge from disciplines and stakeholders;
  • understanding and managing what we do not and cannot know;
  • engaging policy makers and practitioners to implement research findings.

 Use the blog to advertise your latest peer-reviewed paper and to get feedback on a newly emerging idea. For more information contact: Gabriele.Bammer@anu.edu.au

Other examples are below, follow the “Read more” link.

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Full catalog of past iEMSs conference papers is now online

A message from the President.

One of the major initiatives I have undertaken as iEMSs President has been to consolidate all of our past iEMSs conference papers and abstracts into single highly indexed paper management system. The provider of the system is a company called BePress, in Berkeley, California. My institution, Brigham Young University (BYU), has graciously given us free use of their expensive license to the BePress system. I’ve been assured that both BYU and BePress are committed to supporting our society in this way for as long as we find it useful.

Posting the past conference papers to this system is not a trivial task because each one needed to be entered manually. Two very patient students here at BYU spent a few months painstakingly entering all of the 2016 and 2014 papers. So what a relief it was when we discovered that Ioannis Athanasiadis had already done this same task for the papers from 2012 and prior – manually entering them into another database from which we were able to export them and then re-import them into BePress. This cut our work from several more months to just a few days of scripting!

The result is that all the papers are now in this system and Google has got them fully indexed, and now people around the globe are finding YOUR abstracts and papers and are downloading them and reading them (and hopefully citing them!). In January 2017 there were 1879 downloads from this database!

If you want to see what this looks like, follow this link to see an interactive map showing and other metrics for the downloads: http://bit.ly/2lZwzyn

You can also browse the entire collection here: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/iemssconference/

Dan Ames,
President

The iEMSs 2018 website is now online

The 2018 iEMSs Conference website is now online at:
    
         “http://iemss2018.engr.colostate.edu

Information about abstract submission, travel, registration, 
lodging, scientific program, and venue logistics will be 
made available as we get closer to 2018.

In behalf of CSU and the local organizing committee, 
Mazdak Arabi and Olaf David are looking forward to welcome
you in 2018, Fort Collins, Colorado.

iEMSs 2018 announced!

Dear iEMSs friends,
 
I am very pleased to announce that the iEMSs Conference Committee has selected a proposal led by Mazdak Arabi and Olaf David at Colorado State University to host iEMSs 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (see http://www.visitftcollins.com/). 
 
The website is now online at http://iemss2018.engr.colostate.edu
 
Mazdak and Olaf have organized a strong local organizing committee including several long-time iEMSs members. Their proposed program promises to be exciting and engaging and to build on the legacy of our congresses (dating back to 2002!)
 
As you know, iEMSs is growing into the leading international biennial conference on all topics related to environmental modelling & software. So please start planning now for your 2018 Colorado adventure. The planned dates are June 24-28, 2018. 
 
Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in hosting 2018. And thank you very much to Mazdak and Olaf and their team for preparing such a well-considered proposal and for taking on this challenge!
 
Sincerely, 
 
Dan Ames, Conference Committee Chair
On behalf of the Conference Committee members including: Kristina Voigt, Nigel Quinn, Ralf Seppelt, Susan Cuddy, Robert Argent, and Andrea Rizzoli

Two new books authored by iEMSs members

Two new interesting books have been recently published, and the authors are some very esteemed iEMSs members, Tony Jakeman and Stefano Marsili Libelli.

Tony teamed up with a group of highly respected researchers to edit the book titled “Integrated Groundwater Management“, which is published by Springer. Groundwater management is seen from a wider perspective, including social and economic aspects.

Stefano authored the book titled “Environmental Systems Analysis with MATLAB®“, with CRC Press, where a mathematical approach to the study of environmental processes is presented. The book is suitable as a course book, but also as a reference tool for researchers.

You can read the short abstracts of these two books if you click on the “read more” link.

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iEMSs 2016 – Call for Papers

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS!

Please consider submitting your environmental modeling and software work for presentation at the:

8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling & Software

 (iEMSs 2016)

Toulouse, FRANCE – 10-14 July 2016

iEMSs 2016 is the official biennial conference of the International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, sponsors of the high impact journal, Environmental Modelling & Software. iEMSs 2016 is co-sponsored by The Consortium of University of Toulouse (INP, University Paul Sabatier), National Center for Scientific Research(CNRS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SO-Toulouse, the regional and national government organization, and the host organizations, INPT-ENSEEIHT and ECOLAB Laboratory. The theme for the conference is “Supporting Sustainable Futures” and we hope to see a lot of exciting new development and tools for supporting our future. The conference is organized around a series of themes, streams, and sessions. Key streams include:

Model development and modelling frameworks • Integrated Environmental Modeling • Climate Change Modeling • Environmental Modeling Uncertainty Issues, optimization, sensitivity analysis • Data mining, machine learning, GIS, remote sensing • Environmental Modeling for decision making and engaging the public • innovative Software • Algorithms for Environmental Modeling • Applications of Environmental Modeling

You may either submit an abstract or a brief technical paper (8 page max) for either oral or poster presentation. Accepted technical papers will be published in the conference proceedings. To submit your abstract or paper now, please visit the conference web site:

http://www.iemss.org/sites/iemss2016/

Please email the conveners with your questions and inquiries: 
Dr. Sabine Sauvage and Dr. José-Miguel Sánchez-Pérez, 
iemss2016@inp-toulouse.fr

Planning an iEMSs conference: a to-do list by Dan Ames

Dan Ames is the co-convenor of iEMSs 2014 together with Nigel Quinn and he’s sharing with us some of his experience in getting things done. This is an excerpt from a mail he wrote to the organisers of iEMSs 2016. I am publishing it here for future reference.

Andrea

 

0) You and a very small group form the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) now. For example, in my case it was me and Nigel and Andrea. (3 people only to keep it simple)

 
1) You should have your hotel and conference and events venues booked now!
 
2) LOC should create a rough draft schedule for the conference now. You should also create a web site now with all the information about the conference. This is important to do AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! 
 
3) By June 1, LOC should release a “Call for Sessions and Workshops”. Send this to the iEMSs board and members mailing list. Set a one month deadline. Attached is our Call for Sessions and Workshops from last year. You can revise it as you see fit. Please feel free to include me and Andrea in these revisions if it helps you.
 
4) Collect the proposed sessions and workshops and select the ones you want to include in the conference. We chose 39 sessions and workshops. Be careful which ones you choose. Some people will propose a workshop or a session but will do no work! I can give you some warnings.
 
5) The people who proposed the sessions and workshops are your “Scientific Committee”. Make a group mailing list and email them and let them know they are your committee now. Remind them that they are responsible for conducting the abstract and paper reviews for their session. Remind them of the difference between a workshop and a session (see the attached document)
 
6) On October 1 release the Call for Abstracts. This should list all of the sessions and people must specify which session when they submit their abstract.  Give one month for abstracts. Send lots of email to lots of mailing lists to get the abstracts.
 
7) In November, the scientific committee must choose the abstracts to invite for full papers. Really there are three choices for each abstract: Invite for Full Paper and Oral Presentation; Invite for Oral Presentation Only; Invite for Poster Only. (Also REJECT is an option – But we don’t reject many.)
 
8) In December notify all of the Abstract authors of the result (Full Paper + Oral Presentation; or Oral Presentation Only: or Poster Only; or REJECT). Send a COMMITMENT FORM. They must sign and return the commitment form that says that they agree with the result and they will come to the conference and give the Oral Presentation (or the Poster).
 
9) Now contact all of the people who were selected for full papers. Give them a deadline to submit the full paper. Perhaps Jan 31. 
 
10) Next the Scientific committee must review all the papers. Remember, they were ALREADY Accepted. So now the reviewers must simply work with the authors through a review process to make the papers of the highest quality possible. The review process for papers is not “Accept/Reject” it is “Improve, improve, improve”. 
 
11) Next, in February, you can organize the detailed schedule and post it online. People need to see the detailed schedule so that they can buy their airplane tickets, etc.
 
12) In Oct-Dec of this year, you should find your key note speakers. That is for the LOC to decide. You can invite the Scientific Committee for recommendations.
 
13) In March you can post the final schedule with all key note speakers, etc.You can also start emailing people to register for the conference. You will have to send lots of emails to different mailing lists to get people to start registering. 
 
14) In April – June you will update your conference venue people about number of people for food, etc. 
 
15) In July is the conference!

iEMSs 2018 – Call for hosting

The next iEMSs conference will be held in Toulouse, July 2016. The conference location was selected after a long evaluation process, where different candidate locations competed to host iEMSs 2016.

We are now looking for a city to host iEMSs 2018, and the bidding process is open. The whole procedure is explained in detail in the link document: iEMSs 2018 – call for hosting 

The iEMSs Conference Committee, chaired by our VP Dan Ames,  is in charge of evaluating the bids and to make a decision. 

New Impact Factor for Environmental Modelling & Software is out

Thomson Reuters has released the Impact Factors for all Journals for 2013. Environmental Modelling & Software has gone up from 3.476 (2012) to 4.538 (2013). It is an impressive result, but it has to be put in the larger context of a general increasing trend for all IFs. In any case, this is clear sign that authors value the quality of the papers appearing on the journal and the iEMSs community is definitely contributing to the success of the journal Environmental Modelling & Software

Elsevier’s press release is available here: http://goo.gl/Veuftm

iEMSs donates 500$ to the Marine Mammal Center

The iEMSs has made a donation for an amount of 500$ in the name of Dan Ames and Nigel Quinn, convenors of iEMSs 2014, to the Marine Mammal Center.

The Marine Mammal Center, located in San Francisco (CA), works on the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

With this donation we want to express our gratitude to Dan and Nigel for having organised such a splendid conference in San Diego this June.