What's going on about geo-process modeling in virtual geographic environments (VGEs)

2016/01/10

Journal:《Ecological Modelling》 , 2016 , 319

Cite as:Zhang C, Chen M, Li R, et al. What's going on about geo-process modeling in virtual geographic environments (VGEs)[J]. Ecological Modelling, 2016, 319.

Abstract:Geography investigates changes in physical structures and distributions of objects in spatiotemporal world, which are shaped by geographic process (geo-process). With extensive simulation models used to study geo-process, this paper examines the status of geo-process modeling (namely model-based simulation) for multidisciplinary geo-processes across scales in virtual geographic environments (VGEs). The conceptual framework of integrated modeling in VGEs is proposed with a review of specific issues, including model sharing and management, collaborative modeling and uncertainty analysis. The contribution of a model base in model reusability and modeling management, concerning input data, parameterization, and simulation output, is detailed. Finally, this paper concludes with a discussion of future research directions for holistic geo-process modeling.