AGSME - Jan. 26, 2009 Zurich, Switzerland

Part of AGS 2009

The global modeling initiative, developed in the early 1970 by the Club of Rome for enhancing the understanding of global dynamics, has been vilified by many scientists and politicians alike for its cavalier attitude towards making bold and largely unverifiable assumptions, and for the unpleasantness of its predictions.

Due to this controversy, funding for global modeling was cut, and in the sequel, scientists concentrated on developing a myriad of separate and incompatible models focussing on one or another individual aspect of global dynamics.

In the context of recent discussions surrounding resource depletion (peak oil) and atmospheric contamination (global warming), an urgent need for global modeling has arisen once again. This time around however, the assumptions underlying these models should be spelt out more clearly, the models should be better validatable, and the simulation results should be verifiable.

Unfortunately, the partial models of the past were developed in an ad hoc manner. They are essentially incompatible with each other, and therefore, a new approach is needed for dealing with global models.

Luckily, modeling methodology has seen impressive progress since the 1970, and we are therefore now capable of formulating a set of requirements that modeling and simulation environments suitable for the development and implementation of global models must satisfy.

Motivation

The AGSME Workshop aims at bringing tool developers and global modeling practitioners together to discuss the desired characteristics of global modeling environments to help the tool makers develop better modeling software and to support the modelers in their modeling endeavors.