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EcoRe3 workshop: An introduction to the analysis of palaeoecological time-series: abrupt change and resilience

Dates:
16.03 - 20.03.2020  
Venue:
Cape Town, South Africa
Contact person:
Lindsey Gillson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The EcoRe3 working group will hold the workshop "An introduction to the analysis of palaeoecological time-series: abrupt change and resilience" from 16-20 March 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Venue

University of Cape Town.

Logistics

This is part of a PAGES-funded EcoRe3 working group activity. There are maximum of 12 spaces on the workshop, with three spaces funded by PAGES for participants from southern Africa outside of South Africa (see below).

South African applicants are welcome but will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Description

This workshop will cover basic tools for analysis of palaeoecological data (mainly Holocene), with an emphasis on datasets from Southern Africa.

The workshop will be based in R. Basic competencies in R are required.

Topics covered over the four-day workshop include an introduction to:

1. Analysis of theoretical models of regime shifts and alternative states
2. Abrupt change detection and characterisation using, e.g. generalised-additive modelling, non-linear regression
3. Early-warning indicator analysis.

We encourage participants to bring their own data to analyse.

We anticipate that one day will be spent discussing a potential synthesis paper to assess components of vegetation resilience from datasets in southern Africa.

Applications

To apply for a place, please send your cv and a letter of motivation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 6 January 2020, indicating whether or not you are applying for a PAGES funded place.

Further information

Contact working group leader Alistair Seddon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or contact workshop organizer Lindsey Gillson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.