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Introduction to State-and-Transition Simulation Modelling of Landscape Vegetation Dynamics

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Introduction to State-and-Transition Simulation Modelling of Landscape Vegetation Dynamics

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 09:00 - Wednesday, 22 February 2012 at 16:30 (ET)

Peterborough, Ontario


Course Website http://pathmodel.eventbrite.ca/


This two-day course provides a foundation for developing and running state-and-transition simulation models of landscape vegetation change using the Path Landscape Model software (www.pathmodel.com). The course covers state-and-transition simulation modeling concepts, how to use the Path software to create simple models of vegetation change, and how to run those models and interpret the results. Case studies using state-and-transition simulation models in a range of ecosystems will also be presented, along with insights into how to organize your own model building initiative.


The course is designed for those who are new to Path and/or new to state-and-transition simulation modeling. It is also recommended for those who have been introduced to state-and-transition simulation models through workshops or projects, but who now wish to build and run models themselves. No particular software knowledge or disciplinary expertise is required.


Participants are expected to bring their own computer (running Windows XP or higher) for the training sessions – if this is not possible, please contact us to make alternate arrangements. Participants are also responsible for the cost of their accomodation, meals and travel during the course.



  • Understanding of state-and-transition simulation modeling concepts
  • Understanding of how different ecosystems and management alternatives can be represented using state-and-transition simulation models
  • Understanding of how to create a state-and-transition simulation model in Path
  • Ability to run models in Path and interpret the results
  • Understanding of the steps required in order to create your own set of Path models

Topics Covered

  • State-and-transition simulation modeling fundamentals
  • Representing vegetation dynamics as state-and-transition simulation models
  • Creating models in Path: defining ecological strata, state classes and transition pathways
  • Parameterizing Path models: setting transition probabilities, editing initial conditions, and establishing targets for management
  • Working with Path models: running models and creating reports
  • Interpreting Path model results: viewing model output and comparing alternative scenarios

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