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Issue No. 02 - March/April (2005 vol. 20)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 86-88
Femke Reitsma , University of Edinburgh
Jochen Albrecht , Hunter College, City University of New York
Earth system science deals with complex systems that pose many significant representation challenges. Modeling the earth system involves numerous interacting components, each of which can be further dissected into subcomponents that specialists in a wide range of disciplines can study. Ontologies as knowledge repositories have been developed to support the primary goal of sharing knowledge in a manner that aids understanding. However, the development of ontologies for geoscience disciplines has been limited to keyword lists for classification. Researchers have yet to tap the potential of ontologies and the Semantic Web for scientific modeling and simulation. Expressing and using semantics in modeling earth systems will enhance our ability to do science and could lead to new insights into the studied environmental systems and a greater understanding of methods used to represent those systems.
process modeling, Semantic Web, geosciences, earth systems

F. Reitsma and J. Albrecht, "Modeling with the Semantic Web in the Geosciences," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 20, no. , pp. 86-88, 2005.
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