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ST-Sim Training & User Group Meeting

Following on previous user conferences in 2011 and 2014, this meeting brings together users of ST-Sim to learn about, and share experiences related to, state-and-transition simulation modeling (STSM).

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

The event begins with two parallel ST-Sim training courses: the first aimed at new users of ST-Sim, while the second focused upon advanced use of the software. The third day of the event will begin with a series of invited case study presentations from different users of ST-Sim, highlighting the breadth of questions and approaches that have been tackled using the software, followed by a panel discussion on possible future directions for ST-Sim.


November 28-29, 2017: Training Courses

Option 1: Introduction to landscape state-and-transition simulation modeling. This two-day course provides a foundation for developing and running state-and-transition simulation models of landscape change using the ST-Sim software. The course covers state-and-transition simulation modeling concepts, how to use ST-Sim to create simple models of both vegetation dynamics and land use change, and how to run those models and interpret the results. Case studies using state-and-transition simulation models in a range of systems will also be presented, along with insights into how to organize your own model building initiative. Hands-on exercises are included throughout the course. Additional course details.

Option 2: Advanced topics in landscape state-and-transition simulation modeling. This two-day course builds upon the material covered in the introductory course and provides a more in-depth look at various features and options for developing and running state-and-transition simulation models of landscape change using the ST-Sim software. The course includes lectures and hands-on exercises on a variety of advanced topics, including accounting for uncertainty in model inputs, adding continuous state variables, and controlling ST-Sim programatically using the new rsyncrosim R package. Additional course details.

These two training sessions will run concurrently from 08:30 to 16:30 and will include lunch, breaks, a training manual and sample data sets.

November 30, 2017: Presentations and Panel Discussion

The last day will begin with invited presentations from a range of advanced users of ST-Sim, highlighting the latest approaches used to represent vegetation dynamics and land use change across a range of questions and scales. Topics covered in these presentations will include ecosystem restoration, invasive species management, carbon accounting, and representation of model uncertainties, including uncertainties due to climate change. The talks will be followed by an open panel discussion regarding future directions for ST-Sim. The final day will wrap up with a complimentary catered lunch served at 13:00. Additional program details.

Accommodation & Travel

The event will be held at the U.S. Geological Survey's Fort Collins Science Center. Fort Collins is located in the the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains just north of Denver. Home to Colorado State University, the city is a vibrant university town, with a large number of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. Fort Collins is a one-hour drive from Denver International Airport; a regular airport shuttle service is also available.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Fort Collins (1/2 mile walk from the venue) from Monday November 27 - Friday December 1. Rooms are available (for bookings on or before October 28) at U.S. federal government per diem rates: single - US$109, double - US$119, triple - US$129, quad - US$139. Once registered for the event you will receive an email providing the information you need to book one of the reserved rooms at the hotel.


Cost for November 28-29 Training Courses

  • Individual: US$775 (early registration prior to and including October 28th); US$875 (regular registration). *** The last day to register is November 17th ***
  • Students and postdoctoral researchers are eligible for a 50% discount, subject to availability

The third day, which includes the seminar and panel discussion, is complimentary. However registration for this day is still required. Snacks and lunches are included for all three days.