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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Improving Water Productivity and New Water Management Technologies to Sustain Rural Economies

Location: Soil and Water Management Research

Title: The simple script wrapper for OpenMI:Enabling interdisciplinary modeling studies

item Bulatewicz, Tom -
item Allen, A -
item Peterson, Jeffrey -
item Staggenborg, Scott -
item Welch, Steven -
item Steward, D.R. -

Submitted to: Environmental Modelling & Software
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: July 11, 2012
Publication Date: April 4, 2012
Citation: Bulatewicz, T., Allen, A., Peterson, J., Staggenborg, S., Welch, S., Steward, D. 2012. The simple script wrapper for OpenMI: Enabling interdisciplinary modeling studies. Environmental Modeling & Software. 39:283-294.

Technical Abstract: Integrated environmental modeling enables the development of comprehensive simulations by compositing individual models within and across disciplines. The Simple Script Wrapper (SSW), developed here, provides a foundation for model linkages and integrated studies. The Open Modeling Interface (OpenMI) enables model integration but it is challenging to incorporate scripting languages commonly used for modeling and analysis such as MATLAB, Scilab, and Python. We have developed a general purpose software component for the OpenMI that simplifies the linking of scripted models to other components. Our solution enables scientists to easily make their scripting language code linkable to OpenMI-compliant models fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary integrated modeling. The simplicity afforded by our solution is presented in a case study set in the context of irrigated agriculture. The software is available online as supplementary material and includes an example that may be followed to employ our methods.

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