Greg Kiker, Professor at the University of Florida, visited the MARS Group from November 7-11 in Hamburg. The goal of this international cooperation is a comparison of different modeling and simulation approaches for savannah regions. These ecosystems have a substantial effect on the stability of the worldwide climate.
The various simulation models were run with similar input data and well-defined scenarios. These scenarios consist of respectively three different elephant population dynamics and water management strategies. It can be already forecasted that MARS KNP magnificently succeeded in this comparison. The results are to be published in high-placed journals.
In this week a total of 12 simulation runs were conducted and several model details adjusted, e.g. the distinction between rain- and dry season during runtime as well as some refinements in the elephant behavior. First promising results and collective events topped off this interesting week.