Agent-Based Modeling: An Application to Natural Resource Management

Authors: Inocencio Rodríguez González, Gerard E. D’Souza, Zarina Ismailova

Computer programs have been categorized as a useful tool to evaluate the complexity of systems. In fact, agent-based modeling (ABM) is considered a new method to model complex systems characterized by the role of independent and interrelating agents. Simulations contribute in estimating and comprehending emerging behaviors that require the development of new regulations for local agents that would make improvements to the system. This paper offers an example of a methodology and a process utilized to develop a simulation model named Befergyonet, an ABM used to conduct computer simulations within a spatio-intertemporal environment. The methodology discussed in this paper is intended solely to stimulate the use of innovative computer programs to simulate complex systems as an approach to represent real world events and may be a methodological guide for readers interested in developing their own ABM.


Journal: Journal of Environmental Protection
DOI: 10.4236/jep.2018.99062 (PDF)
Paper Id: 87059 (metadata)

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