Training

Training courses in our software are offered in one of two formats:

  • Courses for individuals are scheduled regularly at locations across North America, with registration open to anyone on a per-seat basis
  • Customized group courses are provided for specific organizations, at a time and location selected by the organization

Interested in a future course? Please contact us at info@apexrms.com if you are interested in more information on customized group courses, or if you would like to participate as an individual but the dates and times of the upcoming courses listed below do not suit your needs. Knowing that people are interested in a future course helps us schedule when and where to offer them next!

Upcoming Courses

Online Course (June 12-13, 2018): State-and-transition simulation modeling of landscape dynamics using ST-Sim

This two-day course provides a foundation for developing and running state-and-transition simulation models of landscape change using the free ST-Sim software. The course covers state-and-transition simulation modeling concepts, how to use ST-Sim to create models of landscape change and terrestrial carbon dynamics, and how to run the models and interpret the results. Examples of state-and-transition simulation models in a range of ecosystems will be presented, including models of both vegetation dynamics and land use/land cover change. Additional course details.

Audience: Scientists, managers and analysts from any and all land management agencies, including new and undecided users of ST-Sim.

Course Prerequisites: Participants will be responsible for completing approximately 6 hours of assigned homework material on how to use the ST-Sim software prior to the course (using a computer with 64-bit Windows 7 or higher).

Location:

  • Course will be delivered live online to all participants using GotoMeeting. Course will be highly interactive – including exercises, questions, answers and desktop sharing – so a microphone and webcam are highly recommended.
  • Option (for up to 10 participants) to attend with others in a group setting at the California Air Resources Board in Sacramento, California. Please contact Megan Miranda (megan.miranda@arb.ca.gov) at the California Air Resources Board to sign up for a seat in their training room, or Anny Huang (ahuang@arb.ca.gov) for administrative questions.

Dates:

  • June 12 and 13, 2018. Each day will run from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time, with mid-session breaks.
  • All live sessions will be recorded so that participants can replay any portions they might miss at a later time.

Instructor: Colin Daniel, ApexRMS

Cost:

  • Individual: US$375 (early registration to May 11); US$450 (regular registration May 12-June 4)
  • Students and postdocs are eligible for a 50% discount off regular registration, subject to availability

Workshop (June 14, 2018): Applying the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) to terrestrial carbon dynamics in California

This one-day in-person workshop, hosted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), will cover the use of the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) for modeling terrestrial carbon dynamics. Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Land-Use and Climate Change Team, LUCAS is a publicly available modeling tool that uses a state-and-simulation model with stocks and flows to project changes in land use/land cover change on terrestrial carbon dynamics, and has been developed within the free ST-Sim software. In this workshop, USGS and CARB will lead discussions on the specific features of ST-Sim that are used by LUCAS and examples of how LUCAS has been applied previously to forecast land use/land cover change and terrestrial carbon dynamics across the state of California, including soil carbon dynamics.

Audience: Scientists, managers and analysts interested in modeling the effects of land use/ land cover change on terrestrial carbon dynamics, who have either attended the course State-and-transition simulation modeling of landscape dynamics using ST-Sim, or have equivalent previous experience using the ST-Sim software.

Sponsor: California Air Resources Board

Location: California Air Resources Board, Sacramento, California. While this session will be in-person, it will also be streamed live online using GotoMeeting.

Date: June 14, 2018

Presenter: Ben Sleeter, U.S. Geological Survey

Cost: Free

Registration: Please contact Megan Miranda (megan.miranda@arb.ca.gov) at the California Air Resources Board to sign up for the workshop, or Anny Huang (ahuang@arb.ca.gov) for administrative questions.