Does anyone have any advice or has anyone experienced any limitations in ArcGIS software when trying to use model builder for any type of environmental phenomenon? I know that Vensim and Stella can be used with more detail for just about anything when modeling an environmental phenomenon. What kind of limitations might there be with ArcGIS software?
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I do not know what type of environmental monitoring you are doing. However, most of the work I do in that field is raster-based, which brings up a host of issues when ArcGIS is limited to ModelBuilder:
- There is poor control of raster bit depth.
- There is limited string manipulation capabilities, which is important for renaming/redefining files, paths, and workspaces.
- Many of the ArcGIS raster-based analysis tools are black boxes (i.e. you just have to trust that they have the algorithm correct and implemented properly).
- There is no real support for parallel processing for large scale projects.