Abstract: This paper discusses the current situation with respect to the parallel simulation of environmental phenomena. It is not based on a complete and thorough investigation of the state-of- the-art in this domain and is more driven by observations, experiences and ideas of the four contributors who see the need to raise awareness towards a more systematic approach in the future. It is meant as a discussion paper to stimulate a more systematic approach towards parallel simulation in the environmental domain. While examples are mostly taken from hydrology, they are only used as illustration of a generic situation. The section on related work is mostly based on work published in Environmental Modelling & Software. There might be more literature to look at supporting or contradicting the statements made. The section on practical experiences is largely based on work carried out at CSIRO. The section on theoretical considerations is largely based on observations and ideas of the first author. Together we see the need for a more systematic approach based on sound principles derived from modern software engineering of distributed systems which needs to be grounded by the application domain.
R. Denzer, P. Fitch, I. N. Athanasiadis, D. P. Ames, Parallel Simulation of Environmental Phenomena, 7th Intl. Congress on Env. Modelling and Software, pg. 347-353, 2014, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs).