A numerical approach to study biological connectivity between marine habitats

In this one-day course, you will receive a hands-on introduction to using ABM Lab for investigating and quantifying marine habitat connectivity. After this course, you will be able to use numerical agent-based modelling practices in your own research or include it in a university curriculum, or in lectures and courses.

ABM Lab allows you to create biologically realistic connectivity models, such as of coral reefs and mangrove forests, through dynamic coupling. For instance, the dynamic coupling between hydrodynamic and agent-based models of larvae allows for the inclusion of important processes such as mortality, vertical migration behaviour and the effect of dynamic environmental stimuli relative to the organism’s life-stages.

We shall contact you before the course to find out how we can tailor it as much as possible to your needs. If feasible, you will receive a copy of a hydrodynamic model set-up, relevant to your university or location, which will be useful in university lectures and potential Masters or PhD programmes.

Course topics

  •   Fundamentals of agent-based modelling and its use in connectivity modelling
  •  Introduction to a connectivity case study
  •  Guidelines for connectivity model development
  •  How to build your own basic connectivity model in ABM Lab (hands-on)

Target group and prerequisites

Professionals from the environmental consultancy industry, Masters and PhD students, lecturers and professors working with marine and freshwater ecology in universities or research institutions.

You should have a background in marine ecology and preferably some numerical modelling experience. It is recommended that you have participated in the MIKE 21/3 FM and MIKE ECO Lab Biogeochemical Training course prior to enrolling for this course, but not strictly required.