Agent-Based Visualization: A Simulation Tool for the Analysis of River Morphosedimentary Adjustments

  • Arnaud Grignard
  • Guillaume Fantino
  • J. Wesley Lauer
  • Alexandre Verpeaux
  • Alexis Drogoul
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9568)


Spatially explicit agent-based models and simulations are playing an increasing role in the modelling of complex natural and social systems. The ARCHEM project belongs to this new research area. It proposes a new methodology to visualize the fine-scale sediment transport of a river. In this paper, we present the first implementation of ARCHEM on a case study of the Rhone river. Even though visualization cannot replace the analysis of simulation results, it often constitutes a more accessible medium that can facilitate more specific and accurate interpretations of simulation output. It has the advantage of offering immediate feedback as well as a way to interact with and analyze results. We show how to support multiple viewpoints and different levels of abstraction using an agent-based visualization approach. We present a specific application focusing on dynamical 3D rendering of a GIS file and the analysis of morphosedimentary adjustments.


Agent-based model Visualization 3D GIS Human-environments interactions Sediment deposition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnaud Grignard
    • 1
  • Guillaume Fantino
    • 2
  • J. Wesley Lauer
    • 3
  • Alexandre Verpeaux
    • 1
  • Alexis Drogoul
    • 1
  1. 1.IRD, UMI 209 UMMISCO, IRD France NordBondyFrance
  2. 2.GeopekaLyonFrance
  3. 3.Civil and Environmental EngineeringSeattle UniversityWashingtonUSA

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