Methods & Tools

The integration of data and models is at the core of ecological forecasting. There is much that can be learned about forecasting methods from other disciplines, from weather forecasters through to economic forecasters. But ecologists also face challenges that outside the mainstream of either of these extremes, such as a high degree of process heterogeneity across many scales and an abundance of semi-mechanistic models, where physical and chemical constraints play an important role but many functional relationships are empirically derived. This working group will advance the statistical methods and tools for forecasting and data assimilation by advancing statistical approaches and best practices for data assimilation, translating these into software tools usable by ecologists, and develop uncertainty estimates on common data.

Methods Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The Methods & Cyberinfrastructure will meet jointly on June 25, July 16, and August 20 at noon US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com

Methods Blog Posts and Resources

Video overview of the Methods and Cyberinfrastructure Groups’ activities from the May 12-13, 2020 EFI-RCN Virtual Workshop

Notes from Working Group Calls
Chair: Jacob Zwart (USGS)

  1. May 24, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  2. April 26, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  3. March 29, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  4. March 1, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  5. February 1, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  6. December 15, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  7. November 17, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  8. October 20, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  9. September 22, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  10. August 24, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  11. July 27, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  12. June 29, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  13. June 1, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  14. May 8, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  15. April 17, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  16. March 27, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  17. February 21, 2020
  18. November 14, 2019
  19. September 26, 2019
  20. August 21, 2019
  21. July 10, 2019