Spatial Prioritization with Marxan (MRXN01)
5th March 2018 - 9th March 2018£260.00 - £580.00
Marxan (Ian Ball and Hugh Possingham, 2000) is a software program used to support the design of marine and terrestrial reserves. Marxan is now used by over 6000 people in 150 countries, making it the most the most widely used conservation planning tool in the world. In simple terms, Marxan analyzes scientific and geographic data to help users allocate space in ways that maximize values such as biodiversity, land value, cultural significance, and economic productivity whilst minimizing cost. This hands-on course will provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to use Marxan in a conservation planning exercise. The following topics will be covered in the course:
- Key concepts in systematic conservation planning
- Problem definition
- Creation of planning units and using geospatial data
- Creating the essential Marxan input files
- Parameter setting in Marxan
- Understanding and interpreting Marxan results
- Post-hoc evaluation and performance metrics
- Advanced topics: Introduction to Marxan with Zones, Marxan with Connectivity, and Marxan with Probability
Students, academics and primary investigators in spatial ecology and management and environmental professionals in government and industry.
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70% hands on learning
Assumed quantitative knowledge
Some knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and a basic understanding of geospatial data is preferred.
Assumed computer background
Familiarity with excel and basic R
Equipment and software requirements
All software will be provided by the instructor for participants to install on their personal computers prior to the course.
It is essential that you come with all necessary software and packages already installed (you will be sent a list of packages prior to the course) internet access may not always be available.
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Meet at Margam Discovery Centre 18:30 (Download directions PDF).
Monday 5th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Introduction to systematic conservation planning and decision support tools
Activity: Planning a reserve system by hand
Introduction to Marxan and the case study Activity: Input file creation using GIS
Tuesday 6th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Case study application (finish creating input files)
Introduction to Zonae Cogito
Activity: Parameter calibration and generating outputs
Data chat: common issues
Real world examples
Wednesday 7th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Finalise case study and Discussion
Introduction to Advanced Marxan Topics
Activity: Post Hoc Evaluation; Protection Equality and Percentage Gap
Data chat: Costs
Thursday 8th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Activity: Marxan with Zones and Marxan with Connectivity toy problems (pending)
Beyond Marxan- other tools used in Decision Science for Conservation Participant’s present their projects or ideas for a Marxan problem
Friday 9th – Classes from 09:00 to 16:00
Continue with participant presentations (if needed)
The future of Marxan and its relatives