Spatio-temporal Approaches presents a well-built set of concepts,
methods and approaches, in order to represent and understand the
evolution of social and environmental phenomena within the space.
It is basedon examples in human geography and archeology (which
will enable us to explore questions regarding various
temporalities) and tackles social and environmental phenomena.
Chapter 1 discusses how to apprehend change: objects, attributes,
relations, processes. Chapter 2 introduces multiple points of view
about modeling and the authors try to shed a new light on the
different, but complementary approaches of geomaticians and
thematicians. Chapter 3 is devoted to the construction of
spatio-temporal indicators, to various measurements of the change,
while highlighting the advantage of an approach crossing several
points of view, in order to understand the phenomenon at hand.
Chapter 4 presents different categories of simulation model in line
with complexity sciences. These models rely notably on the concepts
of emergence and self-organization and allow us to highlight the
roles of interaction within change. Chapter 5 provides ideas on
research concerning the various construction approaches of hybrid
objects and model couplings.