The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in collaboration with Conservation International and the University of Vermont, is announcing the 2016 edition of the International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modeling.
The International Spring University on Ecosystem Services (ES) Modeling is the fourth edition of an annual 2-week intensive course that is building a new generation of scientists and policy analysts who can profitably use coupled human-environmental models in research, policy and management to address and solve sustainability problems. In the three previous editions, applications came from professionals in the field, academics and governmental sectors.
This edition will emphasize the theory and practice of collaborative, integrated modelling on networked repositories, applied to concrete ecological and social issues of interest to the participants and to the larger community built around the ARIES project.
During two weeks of intensive instruction participants learn how to effectively model social-ecological systems of different scope and scale. Using the latest advances of ecoinformatics research, including a high-level modeling language (k.IM) and an infrastructure (k.LAB) that supports the integration of data and models with different modeling paradigms, participants will learn to:
1. Describe socio-economic problems, data and models in a common language to allow their integration and reuse.
2. Build data and model components to address the peculiar needs of specific contexts or case studies.
3. Find and use missing model components in the ARIES model base, covering much of the biophysical and socio-economic problem area, so that highly complex problems can be addressed with a minimum of new work;
4. Share the results on a semantic network for use in other integrated modeling applications.
The skills learned will range from GIS-driven statistical analysis to complex agent-based models of coupled human-natural interactions. Scholars and IT experts from around the world will be on hand to help the participants independently create, run and analyze coupled human-environmental models and scenarios.
We are opening applications for 25 participants. Scholarships may be available for exceptional cases.

Date: 2nd – 13th May 2016
Venue: Bilbao (Spain)
Registration open until the 5th of February 2016.
Register yourself at http://springuniversity.bc3research.org

Further information at http://springuniversity.bc3research.org

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