1. General Model Information

Name: Automated Land Evaluation System

Acronym: ALES

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: biogeochemistry
Organization level: landscape
Type of model: not specified
Main application: decision support/expert system
Keywords: land mapping unit, land evaluation, FAO methodology, database, GIS


Dept of Agronomy
Bradfield Hall
Cornell University
NY 14853
ALES project



Allows the construction of a knowledge based system for computation of the physical and economic suitability of land mapping units in accordance with the FAO Framework for Land Evaluation (1976). The user specifies input data form which the program gives advice on how to implement FAO methodology. Data can be entered via export from database management systems such as DBASE and results can also be exported to Geographic information systems; an optional interface with IDRISI is already built into the package.

Author of the abstract: Centre for Computer-based Learning in Land Use and Environmental Sciences (CLUES)

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): DOS ALES Package (at Cornell FTP server) ALES V4.6 ORDER FORM If you downloaded this disk from the Cornell FTP server or from this page, and installed or updated, you will notice that the opening screen and licenseinformation say that you have Serial Number 0, and that the licensee is 'Cornell FTP Site'. You can change these messages so that they give the correct serial number and your organization's name. Refer to your original disks or correspondence or contact the ALES project if you can't find your serial number. To change the serial number and licensee: Content of the package: READ.ME (5 Kb)
instructions of how to install or update the ALES software INSTALL.BAT (5 Kb)
installation script UPDATE.BAT (5 Kb)
update script The following are self-extracting archives (PKZIP) and are required components of ALES: ALES-GBL.EXE (20 Kb)
ALES support files and license information ALES_TXT.EXE (460 Kb)
ALES program code and text EVAL-GBL.EXE (88 Kb)
sample evaluations (tutorials) BATCH.EXE (23 Kb)
batch files to run ALES, system configuration file The following are self-extracting archives (PKZIP) and are optional components of ALES: EXAMPLES.EXE (124 Kb)
sample evaluations (.ALS format) ALES_SRC.EXE (280 Kb)
ALES program source code ALIDRIS.EXE (20 Kb)
ALES ==> IDRISI interface examples EJEMPLOS.EXE (27 Kb)
Spanish-language examples and tutorials INSTALLE.BAT (5 Kb)
use instead of INSTALL.BAT for an English-only install MUMPS.DBE (886 bytes)
English-only version of MUMPS.DBD

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): (see II.1)

II.3 Manuals:

II.4 Data:

(see II.1)

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

Land Evaluation

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

Last review of this document by: T. Gabele: Dec 7 1997
Status of the document:
last modified by Tobias Gabele Wed Aug 21 21:44:39 CEST 2002

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