Skip to main navigation menu Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Workshop reports

No. 6 (2020): Best practices for ecological model evaluation I

Best practices for ecological model evaluation I : Workshop Report

October 16, 2020


The Nansen Legacy workshop on best practices for ecological model evaluation, chaired by Benjamin Planque (IMR) was held in Tromsø on the 6-7th November 2018. The objective of the workshop was to develop recommendations for best practice in evaluation of the performance of food-web simulation models (deliverable 4-4.1.1 of the Nansen Legacy project).


  1. Allen, J. I., and Somerfield, P. J. 2009. A multivariate approach to model skill as-sessment. Journal of Marine Systems, 76: 83-94.
  2. Grimm, V., Berger, U., Bastiansen, F., Eliassen, S., Ginot, V., Giske, J., Goss-Custard, J., et al. 2006. A standard protocol for describing individual-based and agent-based models. Ecological Modelling, 198: 115-126.
  3. Grimm, V., Berger, U., DeAngelis, D. L., Polhill, J. G., Giske, J., and Railsback, S. F. 2010. The ODD protocol: A review and first update. Ecological Model-ling, 221: 2760-2768.
  4. Grimm, V., and Railsback, S. F. 2012. Pattern-oriented modelling: a 'multi-scope' for predictive systems ecology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367: 298-310.
  5. Grimm, V., Revilla, E., Berger, U., Jeltsch, F., Mooij, W. M., Railsback, S. F., Thulke, H.-H., et al. 2005. Pattern-Oriented Modeling of Agent-Based Complex Systems: Lessons from Ecology. Science, 310: 987-991.
  6. Hartig, F., Calabrese, J. M., Reineking, B., Wiegand, T., and Huth, A. 2011. Statisti-cal inference for stochastic simulation models – theory and application. Ecology Letters, 14: 816-827.
  7. Roberts, D. R., Bahn, V., Ciuti, S., Boyce, M. S., Elith, J., Guillera-Arroita, G., Hauen-stein, S., et al. 2017. Cross-validation strategies for data with temporal, spatial, hierarchical, or phylogenetic structure. Ecography, 40: 913-929.
  8. Stow, C. A., Jolliff, J., McGillicuddy Jr, D. J., Doney, S. C., Allen, J. I., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Rose, K. A., et al. 2009. Skill assessment for coupled biologi-cal/physical models of marine systems. Journal of Marine Systems, 76: 4-15.
  9. Wood, S. N. 2010. Statistical inference for noisy nonlinear ecological dynamic systems. Nature, 466: 1102-1104.