Integrating Models for Complex Planning Policy Analysis: Challenges and a Solution in Coupling Dissimilar Models

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Title: Integrating Models for Complex Planning Policy Analysis: Challenges and a Solution in Coupling Dissimilar Models
Authors: Shahumyan, Harutyun
Moeckel, Rolf
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8267
Date: 10-Jul-2015
Abstract: It is an expensive and time consuming task to develop a new model. Besides, a single model often cannot provide answers required for integrated decision making. Therefore, coupling existing models is often used for model integration. The paper provides an overview of possible model integration approaches, briefly explains the models of a particular application and focuses on the integration methods applied in this research. While the initial attempt was to integrate all models as tightly as possible, the authors developed a much more agile integration approach. Python wrappers were developed to loosely couple land-use, transportation and emission models developed in different environments. ArcGIS Model Builder was used to provide a graphical user interface and to present the models' workflow. The suggested approach is efficient when the models are developed in different programming languages, their source codes are not available or the licensing restrictions make other coupling approaches infeasible. 
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
Keywords: Model;Integration;Coupling;Python;CUBE
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Ferreira, J. Jr. and Goodspeed, R. (eds.) Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM 2015): Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities
Conference Details: 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM): Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities, MIT, Boston, USA, 7-10 July 2015
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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