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SyncroSim is a software framework for running and managing scenario-based simulations.

Different kinds of simulation models can "plug-in" to SyncroSim as packages and take advantage of general features common to many kinds of simulation models, such as defining scenarios of model inputs, running Monte Carlo simulations, and exploring model results using time-series charts and maps. Key features of SyncroSim include extensive data management support for tracking model inputs and outputs, the ability to integrate scripting (e.g. using the rsyncrosim package for R) and visualization as models are developed, and the option to publish completed models for use by a non-technical audience.

The flagship SyncroSim package is called ST-Sim. ST-Sim allows users to develop and run spatially-explicit, stochastic state-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) of landscape change. Other SyncroSim packages include DG-Sim, a stochastic model of wildlife population dynamics, and the Caribou Cumulative Effects Framework, a suite of models for projecting the cumulative effects of climate and development on barren-ground caribou.

SyncroSim and ST-Sim have been designed and developed by ApexRMS. The ongoing development of the software has been generously supported by several agencies, including The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and the LANDFIRE project. As a result, all software is available as a free download.

Getting Started

Want to find out more about SyncroSim and ST-Sim? Here are the steps we recommend:

  1. Review past publications and conference presentations that have used SyncroSim and ST-Sim
  2. Download and install the SyncroSim software (including the optional rsyncrosim R package) and ST-Sim module
  3. Follow the video tutorials for ST-Sim
  4. Sign up for one of our training courses for ST-Sim
  5. Consult the reference guide