Agent-Based Modeling of Human-Environment Interactions

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Organizers: Tom Evans, Nicholas Magliocca
Chairs: Tom Evans

Call for Submissions

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. 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 Tom Evans (tomevans@arizona.edu) and Nicholas Magliocca by October 9, 2019. Please make sure that your abstract conforms to the AAG guidelines in relation to title, word limit and key words and as specified at http://annualmeeting.aag.org/submit_an_abstract. An abstract should be no more than 250 words that describes the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions as well as to include keywords. We will review abstracts and construct sessions around ABM related themes by October 18 (we will request PINs from presenters to construct sessions). Full submissions will be given priority over submissions with just a paper title. If you have any questions email Tom Evans.

ORGANIZERS:
Nicholas Magliocca, Department of Geography, University of Alabama
Tom Evans, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona


Description

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. 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 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


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Presenter Pranab Roy Chowdhury*, University of Washington, Daniel G. Brown, University of Washington, An agent-based evaluation of the impacts of landowner decisions on forest landscape in the pacific northwest 15
Presenter Heeseo Rain Kwon*, University of Cambridge, Elisabete A. Silva, University of Cambridge, Extending SLEUTH into a CA/ABM-based land use-transport interaction model and new behavioral theories and rules: Pilot-study in Sejong, Korea 15
Presenter Taylor Anderson*, Simon Fraser University, Suzana Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University, Validation of spatially explicit agent-based models: a network approach 15
Presenter Gabriel Granco*, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Marcellus M Caldas, Kansas State University, Jason S Bergtold, Kansas State University, Jessica L Heier Stamm, Kansas State University, Can environmental and social-psychological factors lead to sustainability? An examination of freshwater sustainability and policy support 15
Presenter Sophie Plassin*, University of Oklahoma, Jennifer Koch, University of Oklahoma, Kellie B. Vaché, Oregon State University, Stephanie Paladino, MeroLek Research, Kyndra Spencer, University of Oklahoma, Joshua J. Hatzis, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, Jack R. Friedman, University of Oklahoma, Modeling coupled socio-environmental dynamics for a water-scarce transboundary river basin 15

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