EPA Science Inventory

THE EPA MULTIMEDIA INTEGRATED MODELING SYSTEM SOFTWARE SUITE

Citation:

Fine, S., S. Howard, A. Eyth, D. Herington, AND K. Castleton. THE EPA MULTIMEDIA INTEGRATED MODELING SYSTEM SOFTWARE SUITE. Presented at Second Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 28-August 1, 2002.

Description:

The U.S. EPA is developing a Multimedia Integrated Modeling System (MIMS) framework that will provide a software infrastructure or environment to support constructing, composing, executing, and evaluating complex modeling studies. The framework will include (1) common software libraries, such as a data input/output library; (2) an infrastructure for constructing, composing, and executing models; and (3) tools to support common modeling and assessment tasks, such as data manipulation, data analysis, visualization, and decision support tools. The framework's goal is to allow modelers to focus more on the scientific and policy issues they are addressing instead of the mechanics of working with models and data, even as the modelers tackle increasingly complex problems. A core component of the MIMS framework is Argonne National Laboratory's Dynamic Information Architecture System (DIAS), which provides a very flexible and powerful approach for bringing together diverse models, including physical, chemical, biological, and socioeconomic. In addition to those capabilities, the MIMS framework provides general user interfaces for working with models, approaches that simplify the incorporation of many models, tools to automate repetitive work, and other capabilities that support modelers. The MIMS framework is intended to support multiple modeling applications, including single and multiple media (e.g., air, water soil) studies. The framework and some of those applications will be demonstrated.

Purpose/Objective:

This task has the following objectives:

Improve modelers' ability to focus on scientific and policy issues in modeling studies by providing software that supports composing, applying, and evaluating complex systems of models.

Improve the understanding of the interaction of the atmosphere and the underlying surface, especially the flux of mass in both directions, and EPA's ability to simulate that interaction.

Contribute to multimedia studies and assessments by applying state-of-the-art atmospheric models, estimating atmospheric contributions to multimedia issues and the sources of those contributions, and evaluating the models' strengths and weaknesses.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/PAPER)
Start Date: 07/28/2002
Completion Date: 07/28/2002
Record Last Revised: 06/21/2006
Record Created: 09/26/2003
Record Released: 09/26/2003
Record ID: 63959

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LAB

ATMOSPHERIC MODELING DIVISION

MODELING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS BRANCH