Spatial agent-based models for socio-ecological systems: challenges and prospects

Tatiana Filatova, P.H. Verburg, D.C. Parker, C.A. Stannard

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Departing from the comprehensive reviews carried out in the field, we identify the key challenges that agent-based methodology faces when modeling coupled socio-ecological systems. Focusing primarily on the papers presented in this thematic issue, we review progress in spatial agent-based models along the lines of four methodological challenges: (1) design and parameterizing of agent decision models, (2) verification, validation and sensitivity analysis, (3) integration of socio-demographic, ecological, and biophysical models, and (4) spatial representation. Based on this we critically reflect on the future work that is required to make agent-based modeling widely accepted as a tool to support the real world policy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalEnvironmental modelling & software
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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