Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Introduction to Individual Based Models in Ecology Using NetLogo

Date: 15 June 2015 - 19 June 2015
Location: Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain

In Ecology many patterns at the population or community level emerge from processes, variability and interactions at the individual scale. Therefore it is increasingly acknowledged that the basic entities in many ecological models should be individuals. This is the aim of individual based modelling (or agent based models).

In this course, we present the principles of individual based modelling. We will introduce participants to NetLogo*, a development environment and a domain specific computer language for individual based modelling. In lectures, we explain techniques to develop, analyse, test and document individual based simulation models. Hands on session will familiarise participants with the concepts: In small groups they will develop, implement and analyse an individual based model to answer an ecological question. Questions will be suggested by the instructors and will comprise applied (e.g. sustainable forestry) and theoretical topics. Every group will present their project and their experiences at the end of the course in a short presentation. Our intention is that after the course the participants are able to implement and analyse simple models in NetLogo.

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