H3. Multi-model research collaborations

Often modelling is discussed in discrete categories using methods (agent-based, numerical, etc) or fields (climate, marine ecosystems, tourism, etc). Not often is there a situation where multiple methods of modelling are used to address overlapping fields in the same spatial-temporal location as frequently required in planning. This session calls for papers outlining cases of this happening.

Some of the papers will be based on the Ningaloo models for the northwest of Western Australia, developed as part of a $30 million research investment in the region. Insights will be provided into the selection of the models and the modellers will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience of working in the same location and at times collaboratively. Specific models addressing sustainable tourism planning, ecological modelling and multisector agent-based modelling will be presented with the problem of model integration addressed in two ways: first, integration of models and research data through a single model, the Ningaloo Invitro model by CSIRO's Marine and Atmospheric Research division; and second, integration through the strategic use of models at different stages of the Management Strategy Evaluation cycle.

Given the growth of large projects with multiple modelling components and a regional focus, this session seeks to provide a window into the future application of modelling, and insights into how multiple modelling techniques in linked fields can mutually support each other and contribute to positive outcomes for regional decision making and management.