Modelling aquatic ecosystems with Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecospace


Coll, Marta

Marine Renewable Resources Department
Institut de Ciències del Mar
Barcelona, Spain

Steenbeek, Jeroen

Software engineer
Ecopath International Initiative
Barcelona, Spain


This course will introduce basic concepts and modelling procedures of aquatic ecosystems. Participants will be provided with the principles behind EwE (, and how to design, parameterize and analyze an ecological model with Ecopath. Introductory concepts of the temporal module Ecosim and the spatial-temporal module Ecospace will be presented.

Programme information: 

  • Introduction to Ecological Modelling for aquatic systems
  • Introduction to Ecopath, Ecosim, Ecospace
  • Ecopath model: general principles and data needed
  • Balancing Ecopath models
  • Advanced features of Ecopath model
  • Introduction to Ecosim
  • Fitting models to time series of data in Ecosim
  • Introduction to the original Ecospace model
  • Introduction to the habitat foraging capacity model
  • Introduction to the spatial-temporal data framework
  • Introduction to programming with EwE

Number of hours: 




Course dates: 

Monday, May 30, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016


9:00-13:00 h 14:30-17:30 h


Institut de Ciències del Mar

Maximum number of places: 


Lab or field work description: 

Practice work with portable computers will be developed to make sure participants understand the content of the theoretical lectures.

Special requirements: 

A personal computer for the class is required. Recommended readings could be useful to fully follow the course.

Contact for further information: 

For additional information, please check our Contact section or get in contact directly with the Lecturer of this course.


Full price of this course is 450€. A reduced registration fee of 360€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the starting of the course).
Price: 450.00€

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