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2014 PICES Summer School on End-to-End Models for Marine Resources Management and Research





End-to-End (E2E) models have applications in a wide variety of disciplines, such as natural resource management, wildlife conservation and agriculture. These models have become popular recently in marine systems because they provide an approach that can mechanistically link climate forcing and higher trophic levels, like fish. Advanced models can be extended to include human behaviors and harvests, creating a complex socio-ecological system model. E2E models have become desirable due to the interest in ecosystem-based management, and possible because of improved and more accessible computing power, and increased understanding of the complex interactions and processes that govern ecosystems.

The 2014 PICES Summer School is intended to help graduate students and early-career scientists understand the types of E2E models, their advantages and shortcomings, and provide basic knowledge for advanced applications. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexity of ecological interactions in the sea, and the implications and uncertainty that result in complex models from imperfect understanding of these systems. The 4-day summer school will include an introduction to marine ecosystems (e.g., concept of the ecosystem), describe marine ecosystem modeling approaches, parameter optimization of marine ecosystem models, and illustrate application of models. The course consists of lectures, seminars, and hands-on training in parameter optimization and E2E model application.

The official language of the school is English.

More information about the school and application process can be found on the PICES website at


  • May 15, 2014  Applications due
  • May 30, 2014 Selection decisions made by SSC and notifications sent by the PICES Secretariat
  • June 15, 2014 Confirmations due