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Advanced concepts in landscape state-and-transition simulation modeling

This one-day course is designed for those who are familiar with state-and-transition simulation modeling tools such as ST-Sim or the Path Landscape Model. It will build on introductory material and introduce advanced features in ST-Sim, including examples of their applications.

Participants are expected to bring their own computer (running Windows XP or higher) for the training sessions – if this is not possible, please contact us to make alternate arrangements. Participants are also responsible for the cost of their accommodation and travel during the course. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.

Goals

  • Understanding of spatially-explicit simulation algorithms
  • Understanding inputs required for spatially-explicit state-and-transition simulation models
  • Understanding inputs required for simulating ecosystem stocks and flows (such as costs and carbon)
  • Ability to run spatially explicit state-and-transition simulation models in ST-Sim and interpret results
  • Ability to simulate spatial and temporal variability in model inputs
  • Ability to aggregate and dis-aggregate model inputs and outputs
  • Ability to integrate ecosystem carbon into models of landscape change

Topics Covered

  • Developing and running spatially-explicit state-and-transition models in ST-Sim
  • Modeling spatially explicit processes such as fire and the spread of invasive plants
  • Displaying maps of spatially-explicit simulation results
  • Using spatial and temporal multipliers to simulate variability in ST-Sim
  • Using attributes to aggregate and dis-aggregate inputs and outputs in ST-Sim
  • Using the new ST-Sim stock-flow module to generate spatially-explicit simulations of ecosystem carbon dynamics