If Nature and Science are the proclaimed “rock star” journals, then it behooves us to pay attention to how some of the research published there might pertain to our specific field (It is not often that transport or other planning applications appear in these venues).Here is an idea that might grow some legs: A universal model for mobility and migration patterns.
The authors appear to rightfully “taking down” the tried and true gravity model based on, among other things:
-the size or “attraction” component of either the origin or destination matters less,
-the often used K-factors are site specific,
-impedance functions are too often borrowed,
-it is too difficult to calibrate to local settings and if you don’t, it is prone to big time error.
I have not read the details of their prescribed solution. It sounds good. But, it is interesting (and refreshing) that these improvements are coming from fields not directly tied to either land use or transport. We need more of that.