Special Issue "Modelling and Simulation of Human-Environment Interactions"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: agent-based modeling; cellular automata; fuzzy cognitive maps; social simulations; system dynamics
Interests: (spatial) agent-based modeling; sensitivity analysis; model development; spatial analysis; complex urban systems
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We are pleased to announce the development of a Special Issue on “Modelling and Simulation of Human-Environment Interactions”. Computational models provide intelligent environmental decision support systems to understand how human decisions are shaped by, and contribute to changes in, the environment. The complexity of these systems is reflected by the abundance of open questions in modelling and simulation:
- At the design stage, we need to identify the right set of methods (e.g., should we use Agent-Based Modeling, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, or Hybrid Models?), deal with issues in the data (e.g., uncertainty, linking datasets, utilizing narratives on top surveys and questionnaires), and efficiently work with the community (e.g., how can we transparently engage stakeholders in participatory modeling?).
- At the implementation stage, we need to create models that can perform simulations efficiently (e.g., to scale to a large population or geographical area), integrate with other systems, or support a high level of interactivity with decision-makers.
- When results are generated, we need to account for uncertainty, analyze their output, and validate them depending on the social and environmental context of use.
We solicit papers for this Special Issue that broadly deal with such challenges by addressing open questions, providing novel case studies, or encourage interesting and challenging debates. Papers can be reviews, syntheses, viewpoints, meta-analyses, or original research. Theoretical and applied contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Simulation models and techniques (e.g., Agent-Based Model, Cellular Automata, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, System Dynamics) for human-environment interactions.
- Using Artificial Intelligence techniques and systems to model human-environment interactions (e.g., case-based reasoning systems, machine learning, data mining).
- Software or implementations covering issues of scalability, usability, or integration.
- Methodologies for parts of the modelling process (e.g., design, analysis).
- Engagement of participants (i.e. participatory modelling) in building or using models.
Dr. Philippe J. Giabbanelli
Dr. Arika Ligmann-Zielinska
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- agent-based model
- artificial societies
- decision support systems
- fuzzy cognitive maps
- environmental software
- human-natural interactions
- integrated assessment
- model development
- participatory modeling
- social simulation