Last week, we participated in the first fully virtual annual meeting of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) North America held May 11 – 14, 2020. We presented in two special symposia: (S-01) Integrated approaches for transdisciplinary landscape modelling and (S-13) Addressing scientific & methodological challenges in connectivity conservation planning. Watch the presentations given by ApexRMS and collaborators to learn more about our recent work on modelling wetland carbon cycling, identifying conservation priorities for habitat connectivity, and coupling agent-based and state-and-transition simulation models.
Our SyncroSim software platform now supports real-time forecasts of COVID-19 infections and deaths for jurisdictions of any size, ranging from public health units to countries.
Our approach delivers online daily updates to forecasts based on real-time gathering of online COVID-19 data. The tool also allows policy makers to explore “what-if” scenarios regarding changes to public health measures, forecasting the resulting consequences in advance of on-the-ground changes. The underlying predictive models in our tool are all open, allowing scientists to continually adapt and improve the models as understanding of COVID-19 evolves over time. A demonstration version of our software system, using real-time data for Canada, is available at www.apexrms.com/covid19. You can also view a detailed description of the model and a recent presentation of the framework to the British Columbia COVID-19 modeling group.
ApexRMS is collaborating with the Quebec Government and Andrew Gonzalez from McGill University to assess forest habitat connectivity within the St. Lawrence Lowlands under scenarios of climate and landuse change. We recently published a report and webinar identifying connectivity conservation priorities based on current land use and land cover. Work is now underway to combine climate projections with land use and land cover projections (using ST-Sim) for the St. Lawrence Lowlands so that we can identify priority areas to protect that have a higher probability of maintaining habitat connectivity into the future.
Course & Workshop
California Air Resources Board
U.S. Geological Survey
Apex Resource Management Solutions
This unique event begins with a two-day online course on the fundamentals of developing state-and-transition simulation models of landscape change, followed by an optional one-day workshop on how this approach has been used to integrate projections of land-use/land-cover change and terrestrial carbon dynamics across the state of California.
State-and-transition simulation modeling online course: June 12-13, 2018
This two-day course establishes the fundamentals attendees need to use the free ST-Sim software to develop spatially-explicit, integrated models of both landscape change and carbon dynamics. The course will be delivered interactively online with an option to follow the course in a group setting at the California Air Resources headquarters in Sacramento, California.
California land use and terrestrial carbon modeling workshop: June 14, 2018
This workshop focuses on how the U.S. Geological Survey has used the ST-Sim software to develop and apply the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) in California. The California Air Resources Board will host this workshop at their headquarters in Sacramento, California, with live-streaming available for those who are unable to attend in-person.
For additional details please visit: www.apexrms.com/training
Early registration is now open for the ST-Sim Training & User Group Meeting.
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
Register, or find out more at www.syncrosim.com.
Water Deeply recently featured an article on a USGS and Nature Conservancy study using ST-Sim to account for potential land use impacts on water demand in California. In the article, Tamara Wilson, the lead author of the study is interviewed and provides her perspective on the study implications for water management in California.