Global Food Initiative
GFI Fellow - Class of 2015
Graduate Student, Informatics, Software Engineering
Modeling the Environmental Impact of Agricultural Systems
Life cycle assessment is a modeling technique used to estimate the environmental impacts of agricultural systems. I investigate how methods are customized, how data are structured and how software supports modeling. Three essential difficulties are identified: it is difficult to capture the complexity of agricultural systems, to capture change data and to capture contextual information. By drawing on software modeling theory, I explore the design of complementary modeling languages and tools.
- Identify strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities in the modeling of the environmental impacts of agricultural systems.
- Identify possible avenues to address these difficulties, as well as discuss implications for the design of complementary modeling languages and tools.
Now that the work is grounded in both literature and theory in agricultural life cycle assessments and software model, I will be designing and developing a modeling language and software tool, the Open Resource Tracker. This is the core of my dissertation research.
Bill Tomlinson, Debra Richardson and Andre van der Hoek