Assess data availability, modelling methods and resources

In the action you conduct data mining and check you have the modelling resources necessary for the Formulation step.

Key actions

  • Check if all required data is available.
  • Assess need for more data and if they can be acquired with the time frame and with the allocated resources.
  • Ensure available resources for the modelling work (timeplan, budget, manpower, expertise).
  • Decide on modelling methods (statistical, GIS, ikon-based models; some interfaces more closely reflect the conceptual model are easier for non-modellers to understand).
  • Consider the possibility of adapting existing models.
  • Consider the use of auxiliary models (auxiliary models may be linked to the main simulation model if available and feasible to use, for example to provide boundary conditions, eg. Timmermann et al. –  see Learn more box).
  • Check data availability for the economic component and identify appropriate economic models to apply (see the instructions on how to distinguish between and include Cost-benefit and Cost-effectiveness analyses and where to apply these in the SAF. Also see instructions on how to conduct Fairness analyses).
  • Consider if quantitative or qualitative data reflecting social and cultural aspects can be integrated in the ESE model.

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Find instructions and examples in the Learn more box on this page. 



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  • Timmermann K, Dinesen GE, Markager S, et al. (2014). Development and use of a bioeconomic model for management of mussel fisheries under different nutrient regimes in the temperate estuary of the Limfjord, Denmark. Ecol Soc 19.
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