Welcome to the online documentation for SyncroSim. SyncroSim is a generalized framework for running and managing scenario-based stochastic simulations over space and time. Different kinds of simulation models can "plug-in" to SyncroSim as modules and take advantage of general features common to many kinds of simulation models, such as defining scenarios of model inputs, running Monte Carlo simulations, and viewing charts and maps of outputs.
The first module developed for SyncroSim is called ST-Sim. ST-Sim allows users to develop and run spatially-explicit, stochastic state-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) of landscape change, and is designed to simulate and compare possible changes in landscape condition over time. ST-Sim is the latest in a 20-year lineage of STSM development tools that includes the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT), the Tool for Exploratory Landscape Scenario Analysis (TELSA), and the Path Landscape Model (Path).
SyncroSim and ST-Sim have been designed and developed by ApexRMS. Its ongoing development has been generously supported by several agencies, including The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey and the LANDFIRE project. As a result it is available as a free download.
Want to find out more about SyncroSim and ST-Sim? Here are the steps we recommend:
- Review past publications and conference presentations on state-and-transition simulation models
- Download and install the ST-Sim software
- Follow the video tutorial (for version 3.0)
- Sign up for one of our training courses
- Consult the reference guide
- Contact us to find out more about what SyncroSim and ST-Sim can (and cannot) do, including options for ongoing training and support