BeModeLS July Webinar: Validation in agent-based models, and modelling to examine power dynamics in agri-food transitions

BeModeLS July Webinar: Validation in agent-based models, and modelling to examine power dynamics in agri-food transitions

9 July 2024 at 10:00 Eastern US Daylight Savings (UTC -4)

The next AIMES/GLP Working Group on Behavioural Models of Land Systems Working Group will feature talks addressing validation in agent-based models, including a protocol for finding and documenting context-adequate and mutually consistent methods throughout the modelling process, and using modelling to examine power dynamics in agri-food transitions. These talks will feature the research of working group members and will be followed by Q&A from the audience: 

  • Christian Troost, Researcher and senior lecturer at the department of Land Use Economics at the University of Hohenheim, 
  • Robert Huber, Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zürich
  • Tim Williams, Postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Geography Group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Register to attend using the link below!

Note: If you would like to contribute to a future webinar, maybe providing an overview of your approach to Behavioural Modelling of Land Systems, do get in touch with james.millington@kcl.ac.uk

Developments in Land Data Assimilation

Organizers: Natasha MacBean (1), Jana Kolassa (2), Andy Fox (2), Tristan Quaife (3), Hannah Liddy (4)
(1) Western University, Canada, (2) NASA GSFC, USA, (3) University of Reading, UK, (4) Columbia University/NASA GISS, USA
† Organized by the AIMES Land Data Assimilation Working Group

Workshop Overview

The 4th annual Land Data Assimilation (DA) Community Virtual Workshop on “Developments in Land Data Assimilation” will take place on Monday, June 24th – Tuesday, June 25th. 

Technical challenges are the focus of this annual meeting as the scientific questions that lie behind those technical developments are typically the focus of other professional meetings and conferences. To strengthen communication between modeling groups, this workshop will bring together land DA scientists to highlight a range of DA methods used within the community, discuss challenges facing different modeling communities, and identify strategies for addressing those challenges. We welcome participation from a broad range of research interests including land surface states and fluxes (carbon, energy, and water cycles to crop, fire, and land management), timescales (daily, seasonal to subseasonal, centennial/millennial), and scientific and practical applications (improving understanding of carbon-climate feedbacks, weather prediction, agricultural forecasting, and climate change impacts). The outcome of this workshop is to increase collaboration and coordination within the land DA community to tackle technical challenges and promote the routine use of DA tools in the wider modeling community. We seek to strengthen connections between land DA communities, increase knowledge exchange to tackle land DA challenges, and build a collaborative land DA community inclusive of all backgrounds and career stages. To learn more about the outcomes of previous workshops, please check out the following:

 

Call for Abstracts

We seek talks that place greater weight on addressing the technical challenges associated with developing land DA systems than answering the scientific questions that lie behind those technical developments, which is typically the focus of other professional meetings and conferences. The following themes are currently explored in this abstract call:
    • Land data assimilation in CMIP 7
    • Machine learning in land DA research and applications
    • Including novel observations and processes in land DA systems
    • Bridging the gap between methodological development and applications of DA in NWP and ESMs
    • Community updates
    • Other (we welcome your contributions beyond the above categories)
This meeting will take place virtually. Further, we are working on a plan to facilitate asynchronous participation. In the form below, please indicate your preferred time zone.

[EXTENDED] Friday, May 24th is the abstract submission deadline. If you have any issues using the above Google Form, please email your abstract to aimes (at) futureearth.org using this abstract template.

Important Dates

April 26: Open call for abstracts

[EXTENDED] May 24: Abstract submission deadline

June 1: Abstract acceptance notification

June 3: Registration (free) opens and release of preliminary program

June 24–25: Workshop dates

BeModeLS April Webinar

BeModeLS April Webinar:

The Greenpole project, and translating stakeholder narratives for participatory modeling

25 April 2024 at 10:00 Eastern US Daylight Savings (UTC -4)

The BeModeLS working group is excited to host their first webinar of 2024, with presentations from working group members followed by Q&A discussion. Hanna Ekstrom and Nils Droste will introduce the Greenpole project and their related modelling activities, while Jelena Vukomanovic and Jennifer Koch will discuss their work and experiences translating stakeholder narratives for participatory modeling.

 

BeModeLS July Webinar: Save the Date!

BeModeLS Working Group Session at #GLPOSM5

9 July 2024 at 10:00 Eastern US Daylight Savings (UTC -4) – Save the date

The BeModeLS working group is planning a webinar from working group members:

  • Christian Troost, researcher and senior lecturer at the department of Land Use Economics at the University of Hohenheim
  • Robert Huber, Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zürich
  • Tim Williams, Postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Geography Group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Stay tuned for more details and register your interest using the link below!

Note: If you would like to contribute to a future webinar, maybe providing an overview of your approach to Behavioural Modelling of Land Systems, do get in touch with james.millington@kcl.ac.uk.

KIT Summer School 2024 – Land Use & Ecosystem Change

KIT Summer School 2024 – Land Use & Ecosystem Change

2024 KIT Summer School on Land Use & Ecosystem Change

30 July – 07 August 2024, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School at its ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Food and bioenergy demands of a growing global population and societies’ changing lifestyles are increasing the pressures on land and ecosystems. Further pressures arise from the demands on land resources for other ecosystem services, and the variable (often negative) impacts of climate change on plant productivity. These multiple, often seemingly conflicting demands on land and ecosystems are a considerable stumbling-block for achieving sustainability goals. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, offers a 7-day international Summer School (3-4 ECTS) on the topic of land use and ecosystem change. Participants will learn about a wide range of issues related to land use change, socio-ecological systems, ecosystem functioning, and modelling techniques. Lectures will cover the following topics:

  1. Approaches to modelling future land use change
  2. Land use change processes and drivers across time and space through observational data
  3. Analysing management techniques, social networks, and historical context
  4. Modelling ecosystem functioning and environmental change
  5. The role of tipping points, risk management, and resilience in ecological systems
  6. Cliamte and social change effects on biodiversity, habitats, and ecosystem services
  7. How land use and ecosystem change fit into international assessment processes and policies

Teaching team: Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth, Prof. Dr. Mark Rounsevell, and other researchers. For more information on us see: https://lemg.imk-ifu.kit.edu/ and https://landchange.imk-ifu.kit.edu/

Format: The summer school includes a mix of lectures, group and individual exercises, student presentations, and a 1-day field trip focussing on land use change in the Alps.

Costs: The KIT Summer School is free of charge, and it includes lunches, materials and the field excursion. Travel and accommodation needs to be covered by the applicant.

Applications: We accept applications from MSc and PhD students in environmental sciences, geography, economics, geo-ecology, meteorology, and ecology. Limited to 35 spots for 2024.

Apply by May 13, 2024, with a CV and motivation letter, signed by your supervisor, in a one-page PDF to angelika.schwan@kit.edu

This summer school contributes to the objectives of the Future Earth’s Global Land Programme (GLP) and the Analysis and Integrated Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES).

Discussion Series: Early Warning Series

Discussion Series: Early Warning Series

Discussion Series:

Early Warning Signals

Location: Virtual
Date: 29 January 14:30 – 16:00 CET
Register: https://early-warning-signals.confetti.events/ 

Join AIMES, the Earth Commission, Future Earth, and WCRP for a webinar on Early Warning Signals as potential indicators for system resilience loss and approaching tipping points as part of a series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping points, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. With presentations from experts that will be followed by a moderated Q&A.

Presentations

  • Niklas Boers (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research – PIK): Climate Tipping Points – Theory, empirical evidence, uncertainties
  • Sonia Kéfi (University of Montpellier): The spatial signatures of dryland ecosystems resilience
  • Q&A/ Discussion 

Moderated by Chris Boulton (University of Exeter)

Speaker Information:

Niklas Boers, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 
Niklas Boers is Professor of Earth System Modelling, Technical University of Munich and Leader of the Future Lab ‘Artificial Intelligence in the Anthropocene’ at PIK. He is also associate coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project ‘Tipping Points in the Earth System’ (TiPES).

  • extreme events
  • paleoclimate
  • complex system science
  • dynamical systems
  • machine learning
  • time series analysis
  • semi-empirical modeling

Sonia Kéfi, University of Montpellier
Sonia Kéfi is a researcher at the CNRS based in the BioDICée team at the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM), France. In an era of global change, her research aims at understanding how ecosystems persist and change under pressures from changing climate and land use. What makes ecosystems resilient to changes and what makes them fragile? She combines mathematical modeling and data analysis to investigate the role of ecological interactions (in particular facilitation) in stabilizing and destabilizing ecosystems, but also to develop indicators of resilience that could warn us of approaching ecosystem shifts.