For some scientific questions, empirical data are essential to develop reliable simulation models. These data usually come from different sources with diverse and heterogeneous formats. The design of complex data-driven models is often shaped by the structure of the data available in research projects. Hence, applying such models to other case studies requires either to get similar data or to transform new data to fit the model inputs. It is the case of agent-based models (ABMs) that use advanced data structures such as Geographic Information Systems data. We faced this problem in the LittoSIM-GEN project when generalizing our participatory flooding model (LittoSIM) to new territories. From this experience, we provide a mapping approach to structure, describe, and automatize the integration of geospatial data into ABMs.
Laatabi, Ahmed; Becu, Nicolas; Marilleau, Nicolas; Pignon-Mussaud, Cécilia; Amalric, Marion; Bertin, Xavier; Anselme, Brice; and Beck, Elise
"Mapping and Describing Geospatial Data to Generalize Complex Models: The Case of LittoSIM-GEN,"
International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research: Vol. 7:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://dc.uwm.edu/ijger/vol7/iss1/6