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Existing spatial decision support applications, implemented using the most recent tools in the area of spatial information manipulation and Graphical User Interface development, do not consider, in its functional flow, the dynamic spatial implications of relating and processing this information. It is necessary to incorporate spatial reasoning into(More)
While Multi-Agent Systems are widely used in Land Use Science, it still remains challenging for scientists to specify their models in a manner that they can be understood and used by others. Domain users require a higher-level language to promote reuse, extension and replication of model based on agents. To overcome this issue, we propose the development of(More)
The planning and territorial management process is often disparaged and subjected to criticism based on the way environmental decisions are taken. The lack of transparency and the high technical level of the Environmental Impact Assessment process do not ease public agreement. The increasing development in Geographical Information technologies has helped(More)
Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) and simulation have gained popularity in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) domain. Despite the increasing number of models built by experts and users, it remains challenging for users to specify their models in a manner in which one can understand it. This constraint represents an inhibition to the development and(More)
This paper presents a framework of a decision support system for ornamental stones industry in Portugal. The objective of this work is to analyze its environmental consequences and propose some alternatives to the current approach, drawing alternative scenarios to minimize the environmental impacts of this industry. The characterization and modeling of(More)
While agent-based models are widely used for the simulation of human-natural systems, it remains challenging for scientists to specify their models in a manner in which they can be understood and used by others. In this research project, we survey existing solutions that have emerged to cope with models specification issues. We then propose another(More)
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