Getting started with ST-Connect

Quickstart Tutorial

This quickstart tutorial will introduce you to basics of working with ST-Connect. The steps include:

Step 1: Install ST-Connect

ST-Connect is a Package within the SyncroSim simulation modeling framework; as such, running ST-Connect requires that the SyncroSim software be installed on your computer. To install ST-Connect, follow the instructions under How to Install

Step 2: Create a new ST-Connect Library

Having installed the ST-Connect Package, you are now ready to create your first SyncroSim Library. A Library is a file (with extension .ssim) that contains all of your model inputs and outputs. Note that the format of each Library is specific to the Package for which it was initially created. To create a new Library, choose New Library… from the File menu.

In this window:

Step 3: Review the model inputs

The contents of your newly created Library are now displayed in the Library Explorer. Model inputs in SyncroSim are organized into Scenarios, where each Scenario consists of a suite of values, one for each of the Model’s required inputs.

Note: Because you chose the Simple Conn. Model Template when you created your Library, your Library already contains two pre-configured Scenarios with model inputs. These inputs were filled in and distributed as a sample with the package to help you get started quickly, and represent hypothetical management Scenarios: one a Baseline Scenario, and another Low Urbanization Scenario.

As shown in the image above, the Library you have just opened contains two Scenarios, each with a unique ID. The first of these scenarios (with ID=350, as shown above in square brackets) is named Baseline Scenario; this scenario contains a suite of model inputs corresponding to a hypothetical baseline harvest plan. The second scenario (with ID=358 and named Low Urbanization Scenario) contains model inputs corresponding to an alternative plan where urbanization targets are 4 times less than those of the Baseline Scenario.
To view the details of the first of these Scenarios:

This opens the Scenario Properties window.

The first tab in this window, called Summary, displays some generic information for the Scenario. The second tab, Run Control, contains parameters for running a model simulation. In this example, the Scenario will run for 20 years, starting in the year 2011, and repeated for 3 Monte Carlo iterations. By default the Habitat, Circuit Connectivity, and Conservation Prioritization analyses are run every 10 years.

Click on the Landscape Change, Habitat, Circuit Connectivity, and Conservation Prioritization tabs to familiarize yourself with this Scenario’s inputs.