Thierry, Hugo, Vialatte, Aude, Choisis, Jean-Philippe, Gaudou, Benoit, Parry, Hazel and Monteil, Claude (2017) Simulating spatially-explicit crop dynamics of agricultural landscapes: The ATLAS simulator. Ecological Informatics, 40. pp. 62-80.

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The spatially-explicit AgriculTural LandscApe Simulator (ATLAS) simulates realistic spatial-temporal crop availability at the landscape scale through crop rotations and crop phenology. Intended to be linked to organism population dynamics, the simulator is developed in a multi-agent platform. The model relies on initial GIS inputs for landscape composition and configuration. Users define typical rotations and crop phenology stages to be included, according to their objectives. In the study, we present two applications to contrasting landscapes, where ATLAS is capable of simulating accurate composition (crop area) and configuration (crop clustering) dynamics. ATLAS has potential applicability to a range of contrasting agricultural landscapes. The benefits of such a simulator are the possibility to study the effects of various simulated management scenarios of crop spatial-temporal availability in relation to target organisms and/or specific ecological processes (e.g. pest, biological control), within a single model framework.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2017
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crop rotations - Crop phenology - Spatially-explicit - Landscape dynamics - Crop management
Divisions: Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:58
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