Advanced course: Ecospace

7 November 2014, Room P31 at ICM-CSIC

This advanced one day course took participants through the specifics of the theory behind Ecospace and the latest additions to the model, and gave hands on experience in the creation, parameterization, and evaluation of spatial scenarios with Ecospace. Participants were introduced to the spatial searches, the new habitat capacity model, and received a demonstration of current developments of the spatial temporal data framework.

The spatial model of the EwE approach, Ecospace, has been seeing a recent surge in applications for spatial policy exploration and management. Due to this new popularity and relative novelty of the model, the Ecospace model is constantly been extended with capabilities to better represent sub-cell dynamics and integrate species distribution dynamics into the food-web model.

This course introduced participants to these new capabilities, and provided some hands-on time with Ecospace in the hope that users would feel comfortable applying these in future projects.

Teachers: Villy Christensen (UBC, Canada), Jeroen Steenbeek (EII, Spain), with volunteer Samuele Tecchio.


Friday 7 November
09:00-10:15 Ecospace theory: habitats, fishing, movement and distributions, and the Ecospace gravity model
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:30 IBM
Spatial optimizations and marine planning
Importance layers
12:30-14:00 Break
14:00-15:15 Environmental drivers and the new habitat foraging capacity model
14:15-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Using the new spatial temporal data framework
Discussion: Ecospace connectivity, current developments and future needs

Recommended reading

  • Christensen, V., Coll, M., Steenbeek, J., Buszowski, J., Chagaris, D., Walters, C.J., 2014. Representing Variable Habitat Quality in a Spatial Food Web Model. Ecosystems 1–16. doi:10.1007/s10021-014-9803-3
  • Christensen, V., Walters, C.J., 2004. Ecopath with Ecosim: methods, capabilities and limitations. Ecological Modelling 172, 109–139
  • Steenbeek, J., Coll, M., Gurney, L., Mélin, F., Hoepffner, N., Buszowski, J., Christensen, V., 2013. Bridging the gap between ecosystem modelling tools using geographic information systems: driving a food-web model with spatial-temporal primary production data. Ecological Modelling 263, 139–151
  • Walters, C.J., Pauly, D., Christensen, V., 1999. Ecospace: Prediction of Mesoscale Spatial Patterns in Trophic Relationships of Exploited Ecosystems, with Emphasis on the Impacts of Marine Protected Areas. Ecosystems 2, 539–554.