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Second State-and-Transition Simulation Modeling Conference

Informally Refereed
Authors: Tamara Wilson, Jennifer Costanza, Jim Smith, Jeffrey Morisette
Year: 2015
Type: Scientific Journal
Station: Southern Research Station
Source: Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) co-hosted the Second State-and-Transition Simulation Modeling
(STSM) Conference, along with The Nature Conservancy, Apex Resource Management Solutions, and
AIMS Environmental Science. The conference was held at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center on
16–18 September 2014. Participants came together to share applications and methods for simulating
scenarios of environmental change over time and to discuss integrating STSM with climate and ecological
models. Users of landscape STSM tools and software, including the most recent software platform,
ST-Sim, as well as older software such as VDDT, TELSA, and the Path Landscape Model, were in
attendance. The group represented more than 50 ecosystem, land change, reclamation, and conservation
scientists from both the United States and Canada discussing recent STSM findings, techniques, and
potential uses in landscape modeling. The event included a one-day training session on the use of STSim,
the latest generation of STSM freeware, followed by two days of presentations by scientists and
land managers on current research applications.


Wilson, Tamara; Costanza, Jennifer; Smith, Jim; Morisette, Jeffrey. 2015. Second State-and-Transition Simulation Modeling Conference. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 96(1): 174-175.