Douglas Salt

Douglas Salt
James Hutton Institute · Information and Computational Science

Doctor of Philosophy

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Technical Report
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The report presents the results of the policy scenario workshops implemented in five clusters of social innovations: (i) Holistic, shared, and persistent mobility planning (Zürich, Switzerland and Groningen, the Netherlands); (ii) Island renaissance based on renewable energy production (Samsø, Denmark and El Hierro, Spain); (iii) Energy efficiency...
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This paper discusses how data and theory were used to inform ten agent-based models in an EU Horizon 2020 project SMARTEES. The project investigates cases of social innovations implemented in different European cities, which promote low-carbon energy sources, ranging from communities insulating houses to cycling for urban transportation. The aim is...
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We present results from a sensitivity analysis study of an agent-based model of district heating network adoption in an area of Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Interdisciplinary research is especially relevant in the energy field where ambitious political targets for the energy transition require rapid advancements in technology and simultaneous developments in social norms and citizen engagement. Challenges related to interdisciplinary communication and the integration of findings across disciplines have...
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Salt, DougPolhill, GaryA description of a NetLogo extension and the reasoning behind its des ign and implementation. The extension makes use of Gnu’s Pretty Good Privacy sof tware suite to encrypt arbitrary data sources in Netlogo. This both secures the data to a reasonable degree and protects any sensitive data that might be in use for a publicly...
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This paper accompanies the workshop on "New Tools or New Research Culture? Towards an Integration First approach to modelling social-environmental systems," and details the outcomes of a small scale workshop at The James Hutton Institute on "Modular, Integrated Agent-Based Social-Ecological Modelling." The latter workshop was predicated on the long...
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Agent based models (ABMs) simulate actions and interactions of autonomous agents/groups and their effect on systems as a whole, accounting for learning without assuming perfect rationality or complete knowledge. ABMs are an increasingly popular approach to studying complex, spatially distributed socio-environmental systems, but have still to become...
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This chapter will briefly describe some common methods by which people make quantitative estimates of how well they expect empirical models to make predictions. However, the chapter’s main argument is that fit-to-data, the traditional yardstick for establishing confidence in models, is not quite the solid ground on which to build such belief some p...
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In this paper we briefly expand upon Callon's Theory of Translation; a theory he elaborated with reference to the (failed) domestication of scallops by the fisherman and scientists of St. Brieuc Bay. Callon proposes a mechanism by which individual actors group together in networks that start to act as if they were a single agent. This paper details...
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Datalog is a widely recognised language for a certain class of deductive databases. Information Content Inclusion Relation (IIR) formulates a general, information theoretic relationship between: data constructs; between data constructs and real world objects, and between real world objects. IIR is particularly concerned with the information that da...
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A database stores data in order to provide the user with information. However, how a database may achieve this is not always clear. The main reason for this seems that we, who are in the database community, have not fully understood and therefore clearly defined the notion of “the information that data in a database carry”, in other words, “the inf...

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SMARTEES is a transdisciplinary research project which aims to support the energy transition and improve policy design by developing alternative and robust policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion and take local peculiarities into account. To reach these objectives, SMARTEES examines fives types of energy and mobility related local social innovation in ten front-runner cities across Europe. The results stemming from this analysis will then feed into the development of a policy sandbox tool. Using a comprehensive modelling approach, this tool will help forecast the effects of policy measures and social innovation in similar local contexts, thereby supporting the improvement of policy design and decision-making. Through these means, the project will contribute to achieving a resilient, low-carbon and climate-friendly Energy Union that puts citizens at its core. The SMARTEES project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 763912.
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Resilience of rural industries to policy, environmental and economic change.
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Finding ways to transition to more sustainable lifestyles through upscaling bottom-up initiatives.