Everything is related to everything else… This core principle of spatial analysis is equally true for the temporal domain: history matters! Together, the two dimensions of space and time build the spatio-temporal context of our environment. Whereas GIS has focussed primarily on the spatial perspective, there is a clear trend towards the incorporation of time. Dynamic models on the other side have for a long time ignored space. Only since a few decades a new theory of “complex systems” explicitly includes spatial heterogeneity. Therefore, spatial simulation models are fundamentally new tools to study systems from a truly spatio-temporal perspective.
Topics that have been successfully addressed with spatial simulation models include biological applications (e.g. predator-prey models, habitat models, emergence of territories), geomorphological applications (e.g. hydrological models and fluvial erosion), heuristic algorithms (e.g. ant algorithm to solve shortest-path problems) and transport models.

November 25, 2019

3 months



The module is free of charge for UNIGIS students working to meet their elective subject requirements. Included are:

  • all related study materials
  • supervision and assessment
  • module accreditation according to the curriculum

ClubUNIGIS members can register at a price of € 300,-. Included are:

  • all related study materials
  • supervision and assessment
  • course certificate upon completion of the module