Agent-Based Modeling of Human-Environment Interactions

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Nicholas Magliocca, Tom Evans
Chairs: Nicholas Magliocca

Call for Submissions

The aim of this session is to bring together researchers using ABM techniques (and associated methodologies) to discuss topics relating to theory, methodological issues, and novel application domains related to human-environment interactions.

Examples of salient themes and/or ABM application frontier could include:
- Implementation and representation of decision-making theories
- Incorporating social network analysis and representation in spatial ABMs
- Integrating ABMs with large-scale, equilibrium-based models (e.g., integrated assessment models, energy markets)
- Emergence of cooperation in natural resource management systems
- Using ABMs to support cross-site comparison and synthesis
- Visualization of ABM dynamics and results
- Participatory modeling and simulation
- ABM Applications: Ranging from the micro to macro scale, theoretical to empirical

Please e-mail the abstract and keywords with your expression of intent to Nicholas Magliocca or Tom Evans by October 17th, 2018. Please make sure that your abstract conforms to the AAG guidelines in relation to title, word limit and key words and as specified at An abstract should be no more than 250 words that describes the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions as well as to include keywords. Full submissions will be given priority over submissions with just a paper title.


Agent-based modeling (ABM) is a maturing method applied across a diverse range of disciplines and topics. The broad uptake of ABMs is in part due the need to understand how individual-level attributes, motivations, and decision-making processes produce regional, sectoral, or population-level outcomes. Such understanding is critical for informing policy or management interventions of human-environment interactions to achieve desirable, aggregate outcomes, such as more sustainable natural resource consumption and/or reducing vulnerability.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Arundhati Jagadish*, Conservation International, Puneet Dwivedi, University of Georgia, Kira Danielle McEntire, Trinity University, Mamta Chandar, Jagriti, India, Trees Down, Forests Up: Projecting Woodfuel Sustainability in the Rural Himalayas, India 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Garry Sotnik*, Idaho State University, Morey Burnham, Idaho State University, Vicken Hillis, Boise State University, Jodi Brandt, Boise State University , Using a spatio-temporal social-ecological decision support system to analyze resilience, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity of farmers to reduced water availability in southeast Idaho 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Vicken Hillis*, Boise State University, Kendra Kaiser, Boise State University, Alejandro Flores, Boise State University, A cultural evolutionary agent-based model of land-use change in the Treasure Valley region of Idaho 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Patrick Bitterman*, University of Vermont, Christopher Koliba, University of Vermont, Rules of the games: an agent-based framework for modeling multi-scale water governance actors in the Lake Champlain Basin 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Jason Hawes*, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, Zhao Ma, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University , Morey Burnham, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology, Idaho State University , David Yu, Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Department of Political Science, Purdue University, Performance of behavioral theory-informed integrative models for predicting impacts of reduced water availability 20 9:20 AM

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