This two-day course provides a foundation for developing and running state-and-transition simulation models of landscape vegetation change using the ST-Sim software (www.syncrosim.com). The course covers state-and-transition simulation modeling concepts, how to use ST-Sim to create simple models of vegetation change, and how to run those models and interpret the results. Case studies using state-and-transition simulation models in a range of ecosystems will also be presented, along with insights into how to organize your own model building initiative.
The 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 accomodation, meals and travel during the course.