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Introduction to landscape state-and-transition simulation modeling

This one-day course is designed for those who are new to ST-Sim and/or new to state-and-transition simulation modeling. It is also recommended for those who have been introduced to state-and-transition simulation models through workshops or projects, but who now wish to build and run models themselves. No particular software knowledge or disciplinary expertise is required.

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.


  • Understanding of state-and-transition simulation modeling concepts
  • Understanding of how different ecosystems and management alternatives can be represented using state-and-transition simulation models
  • Understanding of how to create a state-and-transition simulation model in ST-Sim
  • Ability to run models in ST-Sim and interpret the results
  • Understanding of the steps required in order to create your own set of ST-Sim models
  • Introduction to the advanced features of ST-Sim

Topics Covered

  • State-and-transition simulation modeling fundamentals
  • Representing vegetation dynamics as state-and-transition simulation models
  • Creating models in ST-Sim: defining ecological strata, state classes and transition pathways
  • Parameterizing ST-Sim models: setting transition probabilities, editing initial conditions, and establishing targets for management
  • Working with ST-Sim models: running models and creating reports
  • Interpreting ST-Sim model results: viewing model output and comparing alternative scenarios
  • Overview of advanced capabilities in ST-Sim, such as spatially-explicit models and stock-flow dynamics