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Fig. 9.10 Screenshot of the project definition panels in SeamGUI
Another important aspect in the pre-modelling phase is the narrative specification
of the experiments. The narrative specification is required, so that the narrative of the
policy expert can be translated to the integrative modeller (and the specialists of each
of the model component, i.e. the agricultural modellers), who will materialize them
in turn, as project parameters through the Experiment configuration in the modelling
phase. There is a one-to-one relationship between the narrative and the configuration:
each context, outlook and policy option has a narrative description that will be accessible
to the integrative modeller while detailing the configuration.
Indicator Selector and Fact Sheet Viewer
The pre-modelling phase concludes with a choice of indicators for the project.
The indicator manager allows the selection of indicators based on the Goal Oriented
Framework or directly from the library of available indicators. The aim of using an
indicator framework in selecting indicators for an impact assessment is to assist the
user in selecting a balanced set of indicators that can help to get a clear picture of
how and in what way the assessed future policy may contribute or not to a more
sustainable agriculture and society as a whole. The indicator framework can
consequently be seen as an indicator “sorting” tool that helps its user to see the
impacts of the future policy from different perspectives. Figure 9.11 illustrates
the panels for managing the indicators.