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 September 21, October 12, November 9, December 7 at 1pm US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com

Methods Blog Posts and Resources

Ben Toh provides an overview of the Method and Cyberinfrastructure Working Groups’ progress on the Task Views for the EFISA Early Career Meeting held June 14-15, 2021.

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

  1. September 21, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  2. August 20, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  3. July 16, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  4. June 25, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  5. May 24, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  6. April 26, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  7. March 29, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  8. March 1, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  9. February 1, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  10. December 15, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  11. November 17, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  12. October 20, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  13. September 22, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  14. August 24, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  15. July 27, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  16. June 29, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  17. June 1, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  18. May 8, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  19. April 17, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  20. March 27, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  21. February 21, 2020
  22. November 14, 2019
  23. September 26, 2019
  24. August 21, 2019
  25. July 10, 2019