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Title (Primary) Good modelling practice: expanding the ODD model description protocol for socioenvironmental agent based models
Title (Secondary) Managing resources of a limited planet: pathways and visions under uncertainty. Proceedings of the sixth biannial meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Leipzig, Germany, July 1-5, 2012
Author Groeneveld, J.; Müller, B.; Angermüller, F.; Drees, R.; Dreßler, G.; Klassert, C.; Schulze, J.; Weise, H.; Schwarz, N.;
Publisher Seppelt, R.; Voinov, A.A.; Lange, S.; Bankamp, D.;
Year 2012
Department CLE; OESA; BIOENERGIE;
Language englisch;
Keywords model comparison, theoretical background, human decisions
Abstract We have found in a literature review of land use change models that the
documentation of human decisions, adaptation and learning is quite often
incomplete and incomprehensible and would greatly benefit from a standard
protocol for model description. Grimm et al. [2006, 2010] introduced such a
standard protocol (ODD – Overview, Design, Details) for describing individualbased
(IBM) and agent-based models (ABM). However, the current version of
ODD [Grimm et al. 2010] is mainly designed to describe ecological models and is
limited when it comes to the description of socio-environmental models, where
human decisions play a central role. Furthermore we think that the majority of
published model descriptions presents the model rules rather as ad hoc rules than
try to embed the model and assumptions in a theoretical framework. To put the
model rules into theoretical context may not be technically necessary to
reimplement the model, but it assists the reader to understand the model’s
functionality and its design and - maybe more important - it will facilitate the
synthesis and comparison of specific case studies. Therefore we want to present
an extension of the ODD protocol that explicitly addresses the needs to describe
human decisions in agent-based models and to better link specific models to
theory. This talk will be based on a working paper available in early 2012 that
describes in detail our revised version of the ODD protocol. We have asked
presenters in this session to base their model description on this revised ODD
version and to discuss its applicability and usefulness.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=13836
Groeneveld, J., Müller, B., Angermüller, F., Drees, R., Dreßler, G., Klassert, C., Schulze, J., Weise, H., Schwarz, N. (2012):
Good modelling practice: expanding the ODD model description protocol for socioenvironmental agent based models
In: Seppelt, R., Voinov, A.A., Lange, S., Bankamp, D. (eds.)
Managing resources of a limited planet: pathways and visions under uncertainty. Proceedings of the sixth biannial meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Leipzig, Germany, July 1-5, 2012
p. 2480 - 2484