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A Cellular automata-ready GIS infrastructure for geosimulation and territorial analysis

Blecic, Ivan and Borruso, Andrea and Cecchini, Arnaldo and D'Argenio, Antonio and Montagnino, Fabio and Trunfio, Giuseppe Andrea (2009) A Cellular automata-ready GIS infrastructure for geosimulation and territorial analysis. In: International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications: ICCSA 2009: proceedings, Part I, 29 June- 2 July 2009, Seoul, Korea. Berlin - Heidelberg, Springer. Vol. 5592/2009. p. 313-327. ISBN 978-3-642-02453-5. Conference or Workshop Item.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02454-2_22

Abstract

This paper presents an integrated GIS and cellular automata (CA) modelling and simulation environment. We hold that several concurrent facts offer the necessary critical mass to foster the development of robust and scalable general-purpose CA-modelling tools that go beyond demonstrative proof-of-concept status, allowing thus fully operational modelling and simulation of real-world territorial systems. Among these facts, we can mention the entering of the CA-based geosimulation modelling in its age of maturity, the growing computational capabilities of nowadays computers, the consolidation of general-purpose as well as specialised GIS-based geo-analysis methodologies and their availability as open-source libraries and applications. The environment hereby described is an example of a way to obtain such robust and general-purpose CA-modelling tool-box. Its main characteristics are (1) tight interoperability between GIS and CAs, (2) a sufficiently generalised and flexible underlying CA meta-model allowing for the implementation of a variety of types of CA models, (3) computationally efficiency and (4) user-friendliness. We furthermore present two test case applications to illustrate a standard operational modelling workflow within this simulation environment and to briefly illustrate its look-and-feel.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:7339
Status:Published
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cellular automata, GIS, geosimulation, open source
Subjects:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/22 Estimo
Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-INF/05 Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni
Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/20 Architettura e pianificazione urbanistica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Architettura e pianificazione
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-3-642-02453-5
Deposited On:05 Apr 2012 15:27

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