Managing uncertainty in integrated environmental modelling:the UncertWeb framework


Web-based distributed modelling architectures are gaining increasing recognition as potentially useful tools to build holistic environmental models, combining individual components in complex workflows. However, existing web-based modelling frameworks currently offer no support for managing uncertainty. On the other hand, the rich array of modelling frameworks and simulation tools which support uncertainty propagation in complex and chained models typically lack the benefits of web based solutions such as ready publication, discoverability and easy access. In this article we describe the developments within the UncertWeb project which are designed to provide uncertainty support in the context of the proposed ‘Model Web’. We give an overview of uncertainty in modelling, review uncertainty management in existing modelling frameworks and consider the semantic and interoperability issues raised by integrated modelling. We describe the scope and architecture required to support uncertainty management as developed in UncertWeb. This includes tools which support elicitation, aggregation/disaggregation, visualisation and uncertainty/sensitivity analysis. We conclude by highlighting areas that require further research and development in UncertWeb, such as model calibration and inference within complex environmental models.

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College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environmental Modelling and Software. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in astin, L, Cornford, D, Jones, R, Heuvelink, GBM, Pebesma, E, Stasch, C, Nativi, S, Mazzetti, P & Williams, M, 'Managing uncertainty in integrated environmental modelling: the UncertWeb framework' Environmental modelling and software, vol 39 (2013) DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.02.008
Uncontrolled Keywords: uncertainty,model web,UncertWeb,web services,uncertainty propagation,visualisation,interoperability,Ecological Modelling,Environmental Engineering,Software
Publication ISSN: 1873-6726
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 07:08
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Published Date: 2013-01
Published Online Date: 2012-03-14
Authors: Bastin, Lucy (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1321-0800)
Cornford, Dan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8787-6758)
Jones, Richard
Heuvelink, Gerard B.M.
Pebesma, Edzer
Stasch, Christoph
Nativi, Stefano
Mazzetti, Paolo
Williams, Matthew



Version: Accepted Version

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