×C7. Model reusability and interoperability

Modeling and simulation are important methods in geographic and environmental research. Models are useful tools for the simulation of dynamic phenomena and processes, analysing global/regional geohypotheses, and supporting decision/policy making. To date, massive models from different domains have been developed to simulate various geographical phenomena and processes to address different geographical problems. However, these models have different attributes (e.g., programming languages and existing forms) and running behaviors (e.g., invoking and data-exchanging methods) that is hard to be shared and reused by others. As a result, extensive research is focused on approaches for model sharing and reuse, such as model structural description methods, model standardized components, and web-based model services. Meanwhile, most of these models would follow different standards that enhance their reusability. Each standard has massive model resources that can be reused with each other but still has a gap when they cross different standards. Hence, model interoperation among different standards can also benefit model sharing and reuse.

This session aims to bring scholars worldwide together to explore the approaches of model reusability and interoperability in geographic and environmental research. This session focuses on research about standard design, component-based model sharing, and service-oriented system development for model reuse and interoperation in geographic and relevant domains. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Key topics: Model reuse, Model interoperation, Model standards