March 2016 – Course “Basic use of Ecopath with Ecosim” (CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania)

We participated in a specialized course about the Basic use of Ecopath with Ecosim.

Dates: 7-11 March 2016

Location: CSIRO, Hobart, Australia

Teachers: Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, Jeroen Steenbeek, and Carl Walters.

This basic course of the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) modeling approach introduced the current capabilities of the EwE desktop software (

This course provided a birds-eye view of all that the EwE modelling approach has to offer:

  • Introduction to the foundation of the EwE approach and a discussion of basic parameterizations;
  • Advanced parameterization of EwE models through online databases such as FishBase and WoRMS;
  • Basic temporal modeling with Ecosim;
  • Advanced temporal modeling such as fitting models to data and driving models with external drivers;
  • Basic spatial-temporal modeling using the original Ecospace model;
  • Advanced spatial-temporal modeling using new habitat capacity model;
  • Demonstration how to drive the Ecospace model with varying time series of maps;
  • Introduction to programming with the Ecopath with Ecosim source code.

The course was structured between presentations and computer time.

Course website : CSIRO event