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Spatial Modeling with GIS. Longley et al., Chapter 16. Spatial Modeling with GIS. Introduction Types of Model Modeling Technology Multicriteria Methods Accuracy and Validity . Spatial modeling. Modeling: An overworked term

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spatial modeling with gis

Spatial Modeling with GIS

Longley et al., Chapter 16

spatial modeling with gis2
Spatial Modeling with GIS
  • Introduction
  • Types of Model
  • Modeling Technology
  • Multicriteria Methods
  • Accuracy and Validity
spatial modeling
Spatial modeling
  • Modeling: An overworked term
  • data model a template for data relational, object-oriented, coverage, shapefile
  • Model concerned with how the world looks
  • Model also a representation of some real-world process
  • Concerned with how the world works
spatial modeling4
Spatial modeling
  • Manipulation of geographic information in multiple steps
  • Steps may represent stages in some complex analysis
  • Calculation of indicators over space (potentials)
  • Steps may represent time
  • Dynamic model
  • Iterative analysis
  • Geocomputation (see
analog or digital modeling
Analog or Digital Modeling?
  • Analog use of a scale model
  • Analogous process
  • Varignon frame
  • Need a digital process represented in 0s and 1s
      • program in C
      • GIS script in VBA
      • Python
scale in a digital model
Scale in a digital model?
  • Spatial resolution/extent
  • Temporal resolution/extent
  • Define what is left out of the model
  • Leave out uncertainty about model data, predictions
  • Model must run faster than the real world
  • Ecological fallacy
why model
Why model?
  • Support some design process
  • Allow the user to experiment with a replica
  • Investigate what-if scenarios
  • To understand change and dynamics
  • Test sensitivity and confidence
analysis vs modeling
Analysis vs. Modeling
  • To analyze or model?
  • Evacuation scenarios
    • Tom Cova\'s analysis
    • Church\'s simulations
    • LANL


Individual vehicle-based

traffic simulation

of entire cities

limits of analysis
Limits of Analysis
  • Static, one point in time
  • Search for patterns, anomalies
  • Generating hypotheses
  • Revealing what would otherwise be invisible
  • Form vs. process
modeling multiple stages
Modeling multiple stages
  • Perhaps different points in time
  • Implementing ideas and hypotheses
  • Experimenting with policy options
  • Scenario based planning
types of model
Types of Model
  • Static models and indicators
  • Combining GIS layers through overlay e.g., using ModelBuilder
  • Universal Soil Loss Equation
  • A = R x K x LS x Cx P
  • DRASTIC model of groundwater vulnerability
  • Karst groundwater protection model
modeling approach
Modeling Approach
  • Individual vs. Aggregate models
  • Is it possible to model every individual element in the system?
  • Every molecule of groundwater? Every person in a crowd?
  • Autonomous agent models
mass behavior problems
Mass Behavior: Problems

Twenty-one Hajj pilgrims trampled

Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Posted: 2:33 PM EST (1933 GMT)MINA, Saudi Arabia --Another 21 people were trampled to death Wednesday on their way to one of the rituals of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi officials said. Wednesday\'s deaths happened on a bridge as the throngs of pilgrims were heading to throw stones at one of three pillars representing Satan\'s temptation of Abraham, the officials said. The stoning represents a rejection of evil deeds. On Tuesday, a similar incident killed 14 pilgrims.

cellular models
Cellular Models
  • Work on a raster: Good match to GIS
  • Initial conditions
  • Each cell in one of a number of states
  • Rules of state transition at each timestep based on states of cell and neighbors
  • Conway’s Game of Life
  • SLEUTH land use change model
cellular automata
Cellular automata
  • Framework for systems experiments
  • Simplest way to demonstrate complex systems behavior
  • Wolfram: Formal framework
  • {Cells, States, Initial conditions, Neighborhood, Rules, Time}
  • Conway’s LIFE
the game of life
The game of life
  • Grid of square cells extending infinitely in every direction.
  • A cell can be live or dead.
  • Each cell in the grid has a neighborhood consisting of the eight cells in every direction including diagonals.
  • To apply one step of the rules, we count the number of live neighbors for each cell.
    • A dead cell with exactly three live neighbors becomes a live cell (birth).
    • A live cell with two or three live neighbors stays alive (survival).
    • In all other cases, a cell dies or remains dead (overcrowding or loneliness).
technology for modeling in gis
Technology for Modeling in GIS
  • Graphic user interface e.g. GISMO in ERDAS
  • ModelBuilder
    • access to all ArcGIS functions
    • no looping at present
  • Scripts ARC/INFO AML
  • ArcView 3.x Avenue
  • ArcGIS
    • Visual Basic for Applications
    • Perl
    • Python
    • JScript
    • ArcScripts
model coupling
Model Coupling
  • linking model software to GIS
  • Loose coupling
    • Exchanging files
    • Entering results
  • Tight coupling
    • Common files
    • Common interface
    • Common code
  • Modeling languages
multcriteria methods
Multcriteria Methods
  • Multiple factors affect decisions
  • Weighted by difference levels of importance
  • Karst case
    • slope > 5%
    • land use = cropping
    • distance from stream < 300m
  • Simple binary decision
  • How to assign weights to each factor?
  • Stakeholders may disagree on weights
  • MCDM = multicriteria decision making
analytical hierarchy process
Analytical Hierarchy Process
  • Devised by Thomas Saaty
  • Each stakeholder compares each pair of factors
  • Assigns comparative weights
    • e.g., slope 7 times as important as land use
    • e.g., distance from stream 1/2 as important as slope
  • forming a complete matrix
  • Weights must sum to one
model accuracy and validity
Model accuracy and validity
  • How do we know if the model is correct?
  • How do we know that forecasts are accurate?
  • Results from a computer are often trusted implicitly
  • How to calibrate the model?
    • Hindcasting
    • Boostrapping
  • A model is never more than an approximation to reality but how good/bad is the approximation?
  • Important to provide measures of confidence in results
sensitivity testing
Sensitivity testing
  • Varying the inputs to observe effects on outputs
  • Some inputs affect outputs more than others
  • These are the inputs that most need to be correct
  • Error propagation
  • Examining the impacts of input errors on outputs
  • Mostly by simulation