ALC3149 - Principles of Modeling for Conservation Planning and Analysis

Course CodeALC3149
Course TitlePrinciples of Modeling for Conservation Planning and Analysis
DescriptionTUITION FEES: The Cost To Learner displayed in the Course Details is an approximate amount. Please refer to the 'Class Cost to Learner' displayed in the Class Details for the specific class session you wish to attend. NCTC Standard Tuition fees are scheduled to change beginning October 1, 2012. Additional information is available at the NCTC website.

Note: Tuition is not applicable to FWS, BLM and NPS employees

Participants will acquire knowledge of the techniques and concepts of modeling for natural resources. Session topics include introductions to Modeling, Decision Analysis, Expert Systems, Ecosystem Modeling, and Spatially Explicit Models and their use in making conservation decisions. Lecture and discussions include hands-on experience with spreadsheets that illustrate the values, limitations, and appropriate applications of models.
Objectives:
Discover how to use models in planning for ecological and conservation biology decisions with defensible results.
Discuss the modeling process, terminology, use of deterministic and stochastic models, what to leave out of a model, scale and resolution, age or state structured models, and how to deal with uncertainty in making conservation decisions.
Learn how to use decision trees, approach decision-analysis under uncertainty, and how to incorporate a pragmatic modeling approach to data collection methods and data analysis.
Learn how to design management-oriented modeling environments using short and long-term data sets, qualitative models, how to address adaptive management, and where GIS can be useful.
Discover how to use simple models for decision-analysis.
Target Audience:
Biologists and decision-makers involved in preparing or evaluating documents supporting decisions on conservation issues. Participants are not required to be skilled in mathematics or computing, although familiarity with how the results of models can be applied is beneficial.
Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Instructional Hours36
Credits/CEUs2.0
Course Content ContactJILL DEL VECCHIO; Phone: 304.876.7424; Email: jill_delvecchio@fws.gov;
Extracted from DOI LEARN on7/29/2014 11:15:09 AM

Schedule:  ALC3149 - Principles of Modeling for Conservation Planning and Analysis

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11/03/2014 11/07/2014 Class ends at noon on last day.

National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Alan Temple
(304) 876-7440
alan_temple@fws.gov
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