Skip navigation
Skip navigation

COINS: an integrative modelling shell for carbon accounting and general ecological analysis

Roxburgh, Stephen; Davies, Ian

Description

It is common for a range of models to be developed to investigate broadly similar ecological and environmental phenomena. This inevitably results in collections of models that, although individually possessing unique characteristics, also share a number of key similarities. Here we describe a new modelling shell called COINS (COmparison and INtegration Shell) within which many related models can be co-located, and where model similarities are exploited to facilitate rapid model development and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorRoxburgh, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:04:21Z
dc.identifier.issn1364-8152
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/85335
dc.description.abstractIt is common for a range of models to be developed to investigate broadly similar ecological and environmental phenomena. This inevitably results in collections of models that, although individually possessing unique characteristics, also share a number of key similarities. Here we describe a new modelling shell called COINS (COmparison and INtegration Shell) within which many related models can be co-located, and where model similarities are exploited to facilitate rapid model development and analysis. The philosophy underlying COINS is to separate computer code that is shared across different models, such as common process descriptions, or shared data input and output routines, from the core equations of each model. This reduces code redundancy, allowing the modeller to more directly focus on the process of model formulation. As an integrative tool, COINS can be used to (i) construct component models, (ii) integrate existing components to develop a simulation, and (iii) allow end users to run a simulation for analysis and scenario comparison. The COINS software has been developed with a specific focus on modelling the terrestrial carbon cycle, but its utility is potentially broader, particularly within the general area of ecological analysis and natural resource management. Three examples based on terrestrial carbon accounting at a range of spatial scales (point, landscape, continental and global) are used to illustrate major COINS features, including flexibility in the spatial deployment of models, the ability to combine different models within the same simulation, and Monte Carlo sensitivity analyses.
dc.publisherPergamon-Elsevier Ltd
dc.sourceEnvironmental Modelling and Software
dc.subjectKeywords: Carbonization; Computer control; Ecology; Integrated circuits; Natural resources; Carbon modeling; Model integration; Spatial scales; Ecosystems; carbon cycle; ecological approach; environmental modeling; spatial analysis Carbon modelling; Model integration; Simulation modelling
dc.titleCOINS: an integrative modelling shell for carbon accounting and general ecological analysis
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume21
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor060311 - Speciation and Extinction
local.identifier.absfor069902 - Global Change Biology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub13682
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationRoxburgh, Stephen, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDavies, Ian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage359
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage374
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envsoft.2004.11.006
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T07:55:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-30144441022
CollectionsANU Research Publications

Download

File Description SizeFormat Image
01_Roxburgh_COINS:_an_integrative_2006.pdf1.09 MBAdobe PDF    Request a copy


Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator