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Syncrosim interface

SyncroSim is a software 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 exploring model results using charts and maps. Key features of SyncroSim include extensive data management support for tracking model inputs and outputs, the ability to integrate scripting (e.g. using the rsyncrosim package for R) and visualization as models are developed, and the option to publish completed models for use by a non-technical audience.

The flagship SyncroSim module is called ST-Sim. ST-Sim allows users to develop and run spatially-explicit, stochastic state-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) of landscape change. Other SyncroSim modules include DG-Sim, a stochastic model of wildlife population dynamics, and the Caribou Cumulative Effects Framework, a suite of models for projecting the cumulative effects of climate and development on barren-ground caribou.

SyncroSim and ST-Sim have been designed and developed by ApexRMS. The ongoing development of the software has been generously supported by several agencies, including The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and the LANDFIRE project. As a result, all software is available as a free download.

Upcoming Event: ST-Sim Training & User Group Meeting, November 28-30, 2017

This meeting brings together current and future users of ST-Sim in order to learn more about the software and to share experiences regarding its application to a wide range of questions. The event begins with two days of training - including both introductory and advanced streams - followed by a third day of case study presentations by scientists demonstrating the latest ST-Sim tools and techniques. To close the event there will be a panel discussion regarding possible future directions for ST-Sim.

Audience: Scientists, managers and analysts from any and all land management agencies, including experienced, new and undecided users

Sponsor: The U.S. Geological Survey's Invasive Species Science Branch

Location: Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

Additional event details & registration

Getting Started

Want to find out more about SyncroSim and ST-Sim? Here are the steps we recommend:

  1. Review past publications and conference presentations that have used SyncroSim and ST-Sim
  2. Download and install the SyncroSim software (including the optional rsyncrosim R package) and ST-Sim module
  3. Follow the video tutorials
  4. Sign up for one of our training courses
  5. Consult the reference guide
  6. Contact us to find out more about what SyncroSim and ST-Sim can (and cannot) do, including options for ongoing training and support