From Python Scripting to Parallel Spatial Modeling: Cellular Automata Simulations of Land Use, Hydrology and Pest Dynamics
The Cellular Automata model FlySim was developed for simulating life and reproduction cycles of olive fruit flies (Bactrocera Oleae) and their behaviour, especially when they infest olive (Olea europaea) groves. This serious agricultural problem can be partially tackled in many ways, but not all the methods look sustainable, e.g., by using chemical agents at the first signs of the infestation. Sustainable solutions could be adopted with the use of interactive simulation tools in order to permit developing scenarios and testing different strategies. This paper outlines the model and exhibits a first partial application.