The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2019

The 22nd biennial conference of The International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM), under the theme eco:model:spaces, will bring together scientists from all professions and applications that deal with the use of ecological models and systems ecology.

Everything that happens, happens somewhere. Alluding to the motto of this year’s conference, eco:model:spaces, the spatial perspective can integrate components and drivers of complex ecological systems through their shared location in the environment. While data was scarce in ecology and often connected to labour-intensive field work, we are now witnessing a data revolution. Sensors in miniature tags up to satellite platforms are ubiquitous. They capture data in an ever-increasing volume, velocity and variety. 90% of the world’s data has been captured in the last two years. While this development has started in urban, human environments, the big data wave has also reached ecology. Most of these data carry their spatial signature. For ecological process models, the unique spatial identifier opens rich possibilities for model data fusion and validation at the interface of hypothesis-driven and data-driven models.

Salzburg shall be the inspiring space for the Ecological Modelling community to meet, discuss and share ideas. In this conference, ecological modellers will join in their ongoing effort in advancing the concepts and methods of ecological modelling to develop ecological theory in a wide range of topics and modelling approaches:

Conference Topics

Individual-based modelling
Spatial Simulation
Movement ecology
Dynamic energy budgets
Models and (big) data
Network modelling
Software and tools
Model integration, metamodels
Model application areas and general topics

Socio-ecological systems
Global, climate and land-use change
Ecosystem services
Biodiversity and conservation
Community models
Marine ecology and fisheries
Freshwater Systems (lakes and rivers)

Physics meets biodiversity: applications of theoretical physics in ecology and biogeography
Biomonitoring and assessment of environmental stress: modelling approaches from individuals to communities
Bioenergetics and ecological effects of stressors
Modelling forest Ecosystems: latest trends and approaches
The benefits of connecting vegetation modelling with remote sensing
What is special about spatial models?
Ecological Network Analysis
Ecological Applications of Hybrid Models
The design of open system modelling architectures toward a better understanding of multi-scale interactions in social-ecological systems
Emergy and Environmental Accounting Models
Natural disturbance modelling
Individual- and agent-based modelling for theory and application
Cross scale approaches in ecological modelling
Temporal aggregation of environmental data
Modelling integrated ecological (physical-ecological-social) systems: Challenges of establishing linkages to and from ecological components
Spatiotemporal Methods for Aquatic Systems – Emerging Theories and Novel Applications
Modelling the multi-functionality of landscapes
Web services and associated infrastructures for ecological models and databases
Beyond these topics, contributions to the general session on ecological modelling are welcome!

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