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Modelling and more… a new(ish) blog

Interested in an easy-to-read digest of new developments in modelling and associated areas such as stakeholder engagement, scoping, model integration, and research implementation? Check out the Integration and Implementation Insights blog (

At one year old with more than 120 posts, the blog is proud to have had contributors from 21 countries and readers from 165. Click on “modelling” in the tag cloud to find all the contributions on that topic, including:

Contributions are very welcome! The focus of the blog is on methods and concepts for:

  • synthesizing and sharing diverse knowledge from disciplines and stakeholders;
  • understanding and managing what we do not and cannot know;
  • engaging policy makers and practitioners to implement research findings.

 Use the blog to advertise your latest peer-reviewed paper and to get feedback on a newly emerging idea. For more information contact:

Other examples are below, follow the “Read more” link.

Full catalog of past iEMSs conference papers is now online

A message from the President.

One of the major initiatives I have undertaken as iEMSs President has been to consolidate all of our past iEMSs conference papers and abstracts into single highly indexed paper management system. The provider of the system is a company called BePress, in Berkeley, California. My institution, Brigham Young University (BYU), has graciously given us free use of their expensive license to the BePress system. I’ve been assured that both BYU and BePress are committed to supporting our society in this way for as long as we find it useful.

Posting the past conference papers to this system is not a trivial task because each one needed to be entered manually. Two very patient students here at BYU spent a few months painstakingly entering all of the 2016 and 2014 papers. So what a relief it was when we discovered that Ioannis Athanasiadis had already done this same task for the papers from 2012 and prior – manually entering them into another database from which we were able to export them and then re-import them into BePress. This cut our work from several more months to just a few days of scripting!

The result is that all the papers are now in this system and Google has got them fully indexed, and now people around the globe are finding YOUR abstracts and papers and are downloading them and reading them (and hopefully citing them!). In January 2017 there were 1879 downloads from this database!

If you want to see what this looks like, follow this link to see an interactive map showing and other metrics for the downloads:

You can also browse the entire collection here:

Dan Ames,

The iEMSs 2018 website is now online

The 2018 iEMSs Conference website is now online at:

Information about abstract submission, travel, registration, 
lodging, scientific program, and venue logistics will be 
made available as we get closer to 2018.

In behalf of CSU and the local organizing committee, 
Mazdak Arabi and Olaf David are looking forward to welcome
you in 2018, Fort Collins, Colorado.

iEMSs 2018 announced!

Dear iEMSs friends,
I am very pleased to announce that the iEMSs Conference Committee has selected a proposal led by Mazdak Arabi and Olaf David at Colorado State University to host iEMSs 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (see 
The website is now online at
Mazdak and Olaf have organized a strong local organizing committee including several long-time iEMSs members. Their proposed program promises to be exciting and engaging and to build on the legacy of our congresses (dating back to 2002!)
As you know, iEMSs is growing into the leading international biennial conference on all topics related to environmental modelling & software. So please start planning now for your 2018 Colorado adventure. The planned dates are June 24-28, 2018. 
Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in hosting 2018. And thank you very much to Mazdak and Olaf and their team for preparing such a well-considered proposal and for taking on this challenge!
Dan Ames, Conference Committee Chair
On behalf of the Conference Committee members including: Kristina Voigt, Nigel Quinn, Ralf Seppelt, Susan Cuddy, Robert Argent, and Andrea Rizzoli

Thematic Issue on “Advances in Theories, Data Management, Data Mining and Data Visualization to Support Big Data in the Environmental Sciences”

Call for papers

Thematic Issue on “Advances in Theories, Data Management, Data Mining and Data Visualization to Support Big Data in the Environmental Sciences”

in Environmental Modelling & Software

Issue Editors: Amin Tayyebi, Keith C. Clarke, Bryan C. Pijanowski and Patrick Jantz

EMS Editor: Dan Ames


Submissions are invited for papers which address cutting-edge and innovative approaches, particularly regarding new tools, software or demonstrations of efficient techniques in practical cases to deal with specific types of big data in environmental sciences that cannot be addressed using conventional techniques. The following broader topics that provide cutting-edge and innovative approaches for using GIScience, remote sensing and technology to support big data in the environmental sciences may be covered:

  • Advances in theories.
  • Data management.
  • Data mining.
  • Data visualization. 

Thematic Issue on Urban Water Demand Management

Call for Papers
Virtual* Thematic Issue on “Urban Water Demand Management”
Issue Editors: Andrea Castelletti, Dragan Savic, Rodney Stewart 
EMS Editor:  Andrea E. Rizzoli
Continued demographic growth,  increasing urbanization, and development of mega-cities are boosting urban water demands and changing their spatio-temporal distribution. Demand-side management actions are key to secure water supply in the next decades, and complement more traditional supply-side management interventions, when limitations such as physical constraints, resources availability or increasing marginal costs hamper the effectiveness of infrastructure expansion.
* A Virtual Thematic (or Special) Issue (VTI) is a collection of articles that are published over a time span in different physical issues of the journal, but they are “virtually” kept together on the journal webpage, as seen here. The advantage for authors is that papers are are not being withheld until the very last paper has been revised. The advantage for the editors is that new contributions can also be linked to the VTI. This means that you are welcome to submit a paper for inclusion in the VTI even after the deadline for this call has expired! 

Thematic Issue on Environmental Data Science

Call for Papers

for a Thematic Issue on

Environmental Data Science

on  Environmental Modelling and Software, An Elsevier Journal

Edited by: Karina Gibert, Geoff Holmes, Jeffery S Horsburgh, Ioannis N Athanasiadis



Getting decisional knowledge from data is nowadays one of the most reliable ways to better understand environmental processes, to go beyond the state-of-the-art in Environmental Sciences and to improve environmental systems management in most of their fields. The particular complexity of environmental processes requires new solutions able to integrate different information sources, such as qualitative and quantitative data, images, text, signals, etc., together with prior knowledge, as well as to deal with spatiotemporal frames and higher order interactions among variables.

Two new books authored by iEMSs members

Two new interesting books have been recently published, and the authors are some very esteemed iEMSs members, Tony Jakeman and Stefano Marsili Libelli.

Tony teamed up with a group of highly respected researchers to edit the book titled “Integrated Groundwater Management“, which is published by Springer. Groundwater management is seen from a wider perspective, including social and economic aspects.

Stefano authored the book titled “Environmental Systems Analysis with MATLAB®“, with CRC Press, where a mathematical approach to the study of environmental processes is presented. The book is suitable as a course book, but also as a reference tool for researchers.

You can read the short abstracts of these two books if you click on the “read more” link.

Introductory Overviews

Introductory Overviews

The inherent nature of environmental systems necessitates interdisciplinary approaches to analyse and understand them. The development and application of environmental models can involve highly diverse teams, comprised of scientists with different educational backgrounds and a wide of array of methods and terminology. As we grapple to understand environmental problems of increasing complexity, it becomes even more important that we cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and make greater efforts to exchange information, knowledge and ideas. To this end, EMS has created a new form of scientific contribution: Introductory Overviews.