Agents-based modeling for spatial processes in landscape geography

Institute for life, food and horticultural sciences and landscaping

Intensive Programme N° 2011-1-FR1-ERA10-25356


Landscape is a complex system resulting of interactions between the natural processes and the societal dynamics. They build the complexity and make this dynamic landscape in constant evolution. The complexity of geographic systems requires the use of modelling to understand and stimulate biotic, abiotic and societal processes that interact at various space and time scales.

Today, the modelling tools are exclusively used by the researchers because most of the tools are non-operational, meaning that they need to be constantly adapted to situations and scales. As a matter of fact, it seems essential to train the future engineers and executives to adapt these new tools to their own projects.

The global objective is to implement an innovative, multidisciplinary and international training about these modern tools so that they can be used by professionals working in the space, planning and territory.

The trainees will be able to:

  • to identify the biotic, abiotic and societal processes concerning landscape
  • to demonstrate how they interact into geographical dynamics
  • to highlight the links between the different complex systems: the multi-agents modelling
  • to apply numerical tools and be able to analyse the results of the simulations.