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. The school will tackle key modeling questions related to integrated vs. standalone modeling tools, semantic modeling, how to measure models and data interoperability, etc. Ways of extending ARIES with other existing models (written in Java, R, Python, etc.) will be also discussed during the school.
Participants will have the option of continuing their interaction with the ARIES network to benefit from and contribute to one of the largest public repositories of ecosystem services models and data. The school also serves as an entry point for the students to become part of the ARIES community platform which will provide them with means of sharing their own ARIES projects/models online, together with a set of communication and collaboration tools, such as issue management, live chat and model documentation tools.
The participants brought a problem statement and some data to describe it, and will leave with a developed framework tailored to their case study, together with the knowledge required to build a working solution. Upon acceptance of the participants, the School’s scientific board will approach them to discuss the specific problems they wish to investigate during the course.A limited number of thematic groups were identified, and the participants are grouped according to the similarities of the problem proposed in their application. In addition to daily plenary instruction and discussion, each group will be assisted by a dedicated teacher and teaching assistants.
BC3 is leading the development of some of the most advanced cloud-based data and modeling methodologies to quantify and value the flows of services that ecosystems provide to societies.
The ARIES team combines an innovative simulation platform and a domain-specific programming language to address the task of integrated social ecological systems.
The International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modeling is supported by Bilbao City Council and Bizkaia Provincial Council through Bilbao Ekintza, EPEL and Beaz.
We are thankful to all these institutions who provided us the venue, KBI digital, to organize the 2016 edition of the school during two weeks.
We are also specially grateful to Bilbao Ekintza for backing this project and for all their help.