1. General Model Information

Name: GenSIM

Acronym: GENSIM

Main medium: air+terrestrial
Main subject: population dynamics, agriculture, meteorology
Organization level: landscape, ecosystem
Type of model: not specified
Main application:
Keywords: moths, migration, forecasting, pest management, simulation


Wayne Rochester

Department of Entomology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Qld 4072, Australia
phone: 61 7 3365 2244
fax: 61 7 3365 1922
email: w.rochester@ctpm.uq.edu.au

WWW: http://fassbinder.ento.ctpm.uq.edu.au/


Wayne Rochester


GenSIM is a modelling program for estimating movements of highly mobile insect pests such as heliothis moths and plague locusts. These insects migrate by undertaking nocturnal, wind-assisted flights at heights of a few hundred to over 2000 metres above the ground. They can move hundreds of kilometres in a night, and may move longer distances by flying on multiple nights. The program estimates movements by simulating flights of individual insects. The flight paths of the insects are determined by their flight behaviour and the environmental conditions (particularly wind velocity) they experience during flight. Flights may be simulated in reverse to estimate source areas for specified immigration areas. The two most common outputs of the program are individual flight paths and maps of estimated destination or source areas. These areas are estimated by accumulating the results of large samples of flights. GenSIM is generally run as a component of larger systems rather than as a standalone program. To date, it has been interfaced to the geographic information system ARC/INFO, the scripting language Tcl/Tk and the World Wide Web.

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): UNIX

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): C++

II.3 Manuals:

II.4 Data:

Wind data (e.g. from a numerical weather prediction model)

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

Rochester, W. A., Dillon, M. L., Fitt, G. P., and Zalucki, M. P. (1996) Asimulation model of long-distance migration of Helicoverpa spp. moths.Ecological Modelling 86: 151-156.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

The Helicoverpa migration model (built using GenSIM)
A WWW interface to the model
Forecasting Helicoverpa moth migration

VI. Additional remarks

The model is currently available outside of the CTPM only through collaborative agreements. There are no plans to make the model commercially or freely available.Information and remarks about the application of this model

Last review of this document by: W. Rochester and T. Gabele: 23. 06. 1997
Status of the document: Contributed by Wayne Rochester
last modified by Tobias Gabele Wed Aug 21 21:44:44 CEST 2002

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