Friday, May 20, 2016

Spatial System Dynamics: PhD at Doctoral College „GIScience“

Today Christian Neuwirth, a PhD candidate from the first group of our Doctoral College impressively defended his PhD Thesis “Evolution of Space in System Dynamics Simulations”. At the core of his PhD Thesis are four first authored ISI articles. 

Spatial System Dynamics = SSD models are typically implemented by linking stocks and flows to raster grids. The use of object representations of human artefacts like buildings or ownership up to now has been limited. In one of his articles, “Object view in Spatial System Dynamics. A grassland farming example”, Christian addresses this limitation. The model simulates structural change in agriculture, i.e. changes in size and composition of farms. The aim of the model is to reveal relations between structural change, farmland fragmentation and variable farmland quality. The example Christian shows in his paper demonstrates the capabilities of the object-based approach for integrating object geometries and relations between objects dynamically in SSD. 

After three years within the Doctoral College Christian in November 2014 accepted a position as scientific researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He is still working in the field of System Dynamics with an emphasis on environmental systems science, development and optimization of spatio-temporal simulation methodology and participatory simulation.

We wish Christian all the best for his future career and endeavours!

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