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List of EMS Position Papers

EMS Position Papers

The aim of Position Papers is to represent a view of a specific topic and issue, which is supported and shared by the Editorial Board of the Environmental Modelling & Software journal. Yet, the Position Papers shall not be just academic exercises: on the contrary, they must be a source of useful information, building on and synthesising our knowledge, and contributing to the delivery of good practices in the difficult tasks of modelling, understanding, predicting and managing environmental systems and developing associated software applications.

Here you can find links to all published Position Papers, from the most recent to the first ones.

  1. Evolutionary algorithms and other metaheuristics in water resources: Current status, research challenges and future directions, Environmental Modelling and Software, 62, 2014, 271-299. 
    Maier H.R., Kapelan Z., Kasprzyk J., Kollat J., Matott L.S., Cunha M.C., Dandy G.C., Gibbs M.S., Keedwell E., Marchi A., Ostfeld A., Savic D., Solomatine D.P., Vrugt J.A., Zecchin A.C., Minsker B.S., Barbour E.J., Kuczera G., Pasha F., Castelletti A., Giuliani M. and Reed P.M
  2. Selecting among five common modelling approaches for integrated environmental assessment and management.  
    Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 47, September 2013, Pages 159-181. 
    Rebecca A. Kelly (Letcher), Anthony J. Jakeman, Olivier Barreteau, Mark E. Borsuk, Sondoss ElSawah, Serena H. Hamilton, Hans Jørgen Henriksen, Sakari Kuikka, Holger R. Maier, Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, Hedwig van Delden, Alexey A. Voinov
  3. Characterising performance of environmental models 
    Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 40February 2013Pages 1-20
    Neil D. Bennett, Barry F.W. Croke, Giorgio Guariso, Joseph H.A. Guillaume, Serena H. Hamilton, Anthony J. Jakeman, Stefano Marsili-Libelli, Lachlan T.H. Newham, John P. Norton, Charles Perrin, Suzanne A. Pierce, Barbara Robson, Ralf Seppelt, Alexey A. Voinov, Brian D. Fath, Vazken Andreassian
  4. Integrated environmental modeling: A vision and roadmap for the future Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 39January 2013Pages 3-23 Gerard F. Laniak, Gabriel Olchin, Jonathan Goodall, Alexey Voinov, Mary Hill, Pierre Glynn, Gene Whelan, Gary Geller, Nigel Quinn, Michiel Blind, Scott Peckham, Sim Reaney, Noha Gaber, Robert Kennedy, Andrew Hughes
  5. The role of expert opinion in environmental modelling and management Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 36, October 2012, Pages 4-18 Tobias Krueger, Trevor Page, Klaus Hubacek, Laurence Smith, Kevin Hiscock
  6. Environmental decision support systems (EDSS) development – Challenges and best practices  
    Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 26, Issue 12December 2011Pages 1389-1402 
    B.S. McIntosh, J.C. Ascough II, M. Twery, J. Chew, A. Elmahdi, D. Haase, J.J. Harou, D. Hepting, S. Cuddy, A.J. Jakeman, S. Chen, A. Kassahun, S. Lautenbach, K. Matthews, W. Merritt, N.W.T. Quinn, I. Rodriguez-Roda, S. Sieber, M. Stavenga, A. Sulis, et al.
  7. A general framework for Dynamic Emulation Modelling in environmental problems 
    Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 34June 2012Pages 5-18
    A. Castelletti, S. Galelli, M. Ratto, R. Soncini-Sessa, P.C. Young
  8. Neural networks for the prediction and forecasting of water resources variables: a review of modelling issues and applications 
    Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2000, Pages 101-124
    Holger R. Maier, Graeme C. Dandy
  9. Modelling with stakeholders 
    Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 25, Issue 11November 2010Pages 1268-1281 
    Alexey Voinov, Francois Bousquet
  10. Ten iterative steps in development and evaluation of environmental models Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 21, Issue 5May 2006Pages 602-614 
    A.J. Jakeman, R.A. Letcher, J.P. Norton
  11. The Position Papers of EMS 
    Environmental Modelling & SoftwareVolume 21, Issue 5May 2006Page 601 Giorgio Guariso, Andrea Emilio Rizzoli

Editorial Board

Composition of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Modelling & Software.

Members of the iEMSs are listed in bold.



Professor A.J. Jakeman – The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Building 48A, Linnaeus Way, Canberra, ACT0200, Australia

(Tel: 00 61 26125 4742; Fax: 00 61 26125 8395; E-mail:


I.N. Athanasiadis – Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

A.E. Rizzoli – Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale, Galleria 2, Ch-6928 Manno, Switzerland (Tel: 41 91 610 8664; Fax: 41 91 610 8661; E-mail:

A. Voinov – Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente ( P.O. Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands (Tel: +31(0) 53 487 4507,   E-mail:    Webl:


Associate Editors

T. Berger – University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

M. Borsuk – Dartmouth College, USA

M. Donatelli, JRC Ispra, Italy

G. Guariso – Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy.

A. Jolma – Aalto University, Finland

S. Marsili-Libelli – University of Florence, Italy

B. Robson – CSIRO Land and Water Canberra ACT2600, Australia
M. Sànchez-Marrè–  Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

R. Seppelt – Martin-Luther Universität Halle- Wittenberg, Leipzig, Germany

D. Swayne – Computing Research Laboratory for the Environment, CIS Department, University of Guelph,
N1G 2W1, Canada.

Emeritus Editor

A. A. Jennings – Department of Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University,

10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7201, USA

Founding Editor Environmental Software

P. Zannetti – The EnviroComp Institute, Fremont, CA, USA

Editorial Assistant

Dr Serena Chen – The Australian National University, ACT0200, Australia

Editorial Board


K. Alexandridis, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA

D. Ames – Idaho State University, USA

R. S. Anderssen – CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra, Australia

R. M. Argent – University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

G. Blöschl – Technische Universitut Wien, Vienna, Austria

F. Bousquet – CIRAD, Montpellier, France

R. Brouwer – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

M. Deangelis – Università di Milano, Milano, Italy

R. Denzer – Environment Informatics Group at HTW University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken, Germany

S. Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

A. Ernest, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA

W. Geiger – Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany

A. Gronewold,  Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

B. Geelhoed, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

C. Gualtieri – University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

H. Hartmann – University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

L.M. Hilty – University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. Zürich, Switzerland

B. Hodges, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

A. Ines, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Palisades, NY,USA

G. Iovine – Italian National Research Council, Cosenza, Italy

K. Keesman – University of Wageningen, The Netherlands

T. Kokkonen – Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

D. P. Loucks – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

B. S. McIntosh – Centre for Water Science, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK

M.J. McAleer – Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

H. Maier – University of Adelaide, Australia

N. Mole – University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

J. Mysiak – Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Venice, Italy

J. P. Norton – Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

R.J. Oglesby – NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Lincoln, NE, USA

L. Oxley – University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

B. Page – University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

C. Pahl-Wostl – University of Osnabrück, Germany

C. Ramos-Scharrón -University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

P. Reed – Pennsylvania State University, USA

Y. Shao – City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

C. Smith – University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

R. Sojda – USDI Geological Survey, Bozeman, MT, USA

R. Soncini-Sessa – Politecnico di Milano, Italy

P. Vanrolleghem – Université Laval, Canada

I. Vardavas – University of Crete, Greece

O. Varis – Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland

P. Verburg, Department of Environmental Sciences Wageningen, The Netherlands

F. Villa – University of Vermont, USA

K. Voigt – German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany

J. Vrugt – University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

P. Young – Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

A. Zerger – CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australia