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Dynamics of air transport networks : a review from a complex systems perspective

Luis E C Rocha (UGent)
(2017) CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS. 30(2). p.469-478
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Air transport systems are highly dynamic at temporal scales from minutes to years. This dynamic behavior not only characterizes the evolution of the system but also affect the system's functioning. Understanding the evolutionary mechanisms is thus fundamental in order to better design optimal air transport networks that benefits companies, passengers and the environment. In this review, we briefly present and discuss the state-of-the-art on time-evolving air transport networks. We distinguish the structural analysis of sequences of network snapshots, ideal for long-term network evolution (e.g. annual evolution), and temporal paths, preferred for short-term dynamics (e.g. hourly evolution). We emphasize that most previous research focused on the first modeling approach (i.e. long-term) whereas only a few studies look at high-resolution temporal paths. We conclude the review highlighting that much research remains to be done, both to apply already available methods and to develop new measures for temporal paths on air transport networks. In particular, we identify that the study of delays, network resilience and optimization of resources (aircraft and crew) are critical topics. (C) 2017 Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Production and hosting by Elsevier Ltd.
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Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Air transport, Airport network, Complex network, Dynamic network, Temporal network, COMMUNITY STRUCTURE, DELAY PROPAGATION, EVOLUTION, WORLD

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Rocha, Luis E. C. “Dynamics of Air Transport Networks : A Review from a Complex Systems Perspective.” CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS, vol. 30, no. 2, 2017, pp. 469–78.
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Rocha, L. E. C. (2017). Dynamics of air transport networks : a review from a complex systems perspective. CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS, 30(2), 469–478.
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Rocha, Luis E C. 2017. “Dynamics of Air Transport Networks : A Review from a Complex Systems Perspective.” CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS 30 (2): 469–78.
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Rocha, Luis E C. 2017. “Dynamics of Air Transport Networks : A Review from a Complex Systems Perspective.” CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS 30 (2): 469–478.
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Rocha LEC. Dynamics of air transport networks : a review from a complex systems perspective. CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS. 2017;30(2):469–78.
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L. E. C. Rocha, “Dynamics of air transport networks : a review from a complex systems perspective,” CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 469–478, 2017.
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  author       = {Rocha, Luis E C},
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  journal      = {CHINESE JOURNAL OF AERONAUTICS},
  keywords     = {Mechanical Engineering,Aerospace Engineering,Air transport,Airport network,Complex network,Dynamic network,Temporal network,COMMUNITY STRUCTURE,DELAY PROPAGATION,EVOLUTION,WORLD},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {469--478},
  title        = {Dynamics of air transport networks : a review from a complex systems perspective},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cja.2016.12.029},
  volume       = {30},
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