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By Martin Paegelow, María Teresa Camacho Olmedo

Modelling environmental dynamics is necessary to figuring out and predicting the evolution of our environment in line with the big variety of affects together with urbanisation, weather swap and deforestation. Simulation and modelling supply help for choice making in environmental administration. the 1st bankruptcy introduces terminology and gives an summary of methodological modelling techniques that could be utilized to environmental and intricate dynamics. according to this creation this ebook illustrates a number of types utilized to a wide number of topics: deforestation in tropical areas, hearth possibility, traditional reforestation in ecu mountains, agriculture, biodiversity, urbanism, weather swap and land administration for choice aid, and so forth. those case stories, supplied through a wide overseas spectrum of researchers and provided in a uniform constitution, concentration rather on tools and version validation in order that this publication isn't just geared toward researchers and graduates but in addition at pros.

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The first step is a LUCC analysis and performing of LUCC budgets. The second step is the modelling of transition potentials. To do this, the dynamics are split into sub-models (transition form one land use/land cover category to another). Each sub-model is described by relevant criteria. The quantitative variables can be included into the model either as static (unchanging over time) or dynamic factors. The dynamic variables change over the training and simulated period and are recalculated for each interaction during the course of prediction.

As mentioned, a lot of models are self-made and designed without using standard available GIS software. Typically they call on already written scripts for statistical software or computer languages. The following case studies (See Part B) give a survey about the range of possibilities to proceed in this way. 3 Model validation Model validation clearly is a critical point. Even if it occurs as the last step in the modelling chain, it has to be placed in the general modelling context. Whatever the methodological approach is, the general modelling procedure begins with the definition of the model objectives and the initial hypotheses.

The fuzzy comparison method developed by Hagen (2003) was incorporated in some GIS based modelling tools such as DINAMICA. The adjustment uses a declining exponential function comparing the cells classes’ distribution to the pixel in the centre of the filter. Barredo and Gómez (2003), using the MOLAND (Monitoring Land Use/Cover Dynamics) model, presents a Fuzzy Kappa measure which is more gradual than the classic cell to cell comparison. 2 Partial validation techniques It appears clearly that future land use/land cover, simulated as a scenario or prediction, can not be validated by classical comparison techniques using, real, but not yet available data.

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