Using Formal Meta-Data Descriptions for Automated Ecological Modeling

Virginia V. B. Biris Brilhante, University of Edinburgh

We observe that property descriptions of ecological data (ecological meta-data), such as functional, temporal and spatial relations between variables, seem to be cognitively close to the concepts and reasoning used by model designers. Can the process of linking ecological meta-data to model design be automated? We aim to answer this question by: (1) developing a formal language for expressing ecological metadata; (2) building a logic-based formalisation of connections between the meta-data descriptions and model design; and (3) semi-automating model design endorsed by meta-data descriptions.

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