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Modular and spatially explicit: A novel approach to system dynamics

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 94, p.48 - 62 (2017)



<p>The Open Modeling Environment (OME) is an&nbsp;<a href="" title="Learn more about Open Source System from ScienceDirect's AI-generated Topic Pages">open-source System</a>&nbsp;Dynamics (SD) simulation engine which has been created as a joint project between Oregon State University and the US&nbsp;<a href=" title="Learn more about Environmental Protection Agency from ScienceDirect's AI-generated Topic Pages">Environmental Protection Agency</a>. It is designed around a modular implementation, and provides a standardized interface for interacting with spatially explicit data while still supporting the standard SD model components. OME can be run as a standalone simulation or as a plugin to a larger simulation framework, and is capable of importing Models from several SD model formats, including Simile model files, Vensim model files, and the XMILE interchange format. While it has been released, OME is still under development, and a number of potential future improvements are discussed. To help illustrate the utility of OME, an example model design process is provided as an Appendix.</p>