The Resource Modeling Association was established over a quarter of a century ago and is unique among scientific societies because it brings together scientists and mathematicians from a diverse range of disciplines with a common interest in studying natural resources from a sustainable-use perspective. The natural resources of our planet are under incredible pressure to supply burgeoning human needs and this will only continue to increase. Challenges are ever-present to ensure that resource use remains sustainable and that vital ecosystem services critical for our well-being, species biodiversity essential for the well-being of the global ecosystem, and ecosystem resilience to perturbation are conserved as far as practicable through responsible action. Such action must be informed and it is here that the integration of the quantitative and biological sciences can play a determining role.
Recently we held our 23rd annual meeting in Montreal, Canada where participants were treated to a superb and diverse range of presentations about the practical application of modeling to real world problems within a convivial collegiate atmosphere of friendly exchange of ideas and opinions. Preparations are now well underway for our next meeting to be held in the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile during 8-10 January 2020.
I encourage you to consider joining with like-minded people and becoming a member of the RMA to assist you to grow your own professional network and participate in being part of the solution to the global challenge of natural resource management.
Frank van Langevelde
- an electronic version of the paper in English,
- a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award.
The 2020 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling will be held on January 8-10, 2020 in Valparaiso, Chile, hosted by Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. This will be the first occasion when an RMA conference has been held in South America. The theme of the conference is “Decision support methods for natural systems at risk”.
The conference will focus on how quantitative applied research from diverse disciplines can assess different levels of risk, support decisions oriented to minimize them, and propose approaches for operationalizing sustainability concepts. Special attention is devoted to fishery, ecology, biodiversity, wildfire, water, pollution mitigation, and natural resource management in general. One of the WCNRM2020 main goals is thus, to foster cooperation among disciplines of mathematics, economics, management, ecology, energy, and computer sciences, among others.
For additional information about invited speakers, venue, submission, etc., please visit the Conference’s website:
Pedro Gajardo (Co-Chair) – Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Héctor Ramírez (Co-Chair) – Universidad de Chile, Chile
Luc Doyen – CNRS & Université de Bordeaux, France
Victor Riquelme – Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
As in the past, the World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (WCNRM) brought together scientists and stakeholders interested in mathematical and numerical modeling of renewable and exhaustible resources. The WCNRM provided a forum for exchanging ideas on modeling issues related to environmental and natural resources.
The WCNRM 2018 was co-organized by Resource Modeling Association and South China Agricultural University. Held on June 9-13, 2018 in Guangzhou, China, the theme of the conference was biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The main aim of this theme was to look for socio- ecological solutions, especially in developing countries where economic growth and environmental quality are competing objectives. The conference focussed particular attention on biodiversity conservation, ecological resilience, management of the protected areas, and sustainable utilization of natural resources.
The Barcelona conference WCNRM 2017 was a great success featuring 110 talks during 3 days delivered by scientists from all around the world providing a very satisfying balance between young and senior researchers.
The central theme of the conference namely “Vulnerability and Resilience of Socio-ecological Systems” as well as the quality and
diversity of keynote speakers including Linda Nøstbakken
(Norway, Resource Economics), Mark Finney (US, Research
Forester), Marc Castellnou (Spain, Research Forester) and Frank van Langevelde (Netherlands, Ecology) have strongly contributed to the attractiveness of the conference. The awarding of both the Rollie Lamberson Medal and the prize of best student presentation during the conference also reinforces this interest of our annual conferences. Bill Reed from the University of Victoria in Canada was also honored as RMA Fellow 2017 by the Resource Modeling Association in recognition to his scientific work in natural resource modeling and for his sustained leadership regarding the resource conservation, management and economics.
The Barcelona conference was also successful in regard to social events. In particular the well-organised gala dinner held on the splendid terrace along the Barcelona port provided a friendly and very pleasant atmosphere strongly enjoyed by all participants . Many attendees had difficulties to leave this wonderful place of the Catalan city.
Key to the success of any conference is the unseen work behind the scenes, with tireless efforts from local scientists, administrative staff and organization. In this respect, Nuria Prat Guitart, Elsa Pastor, Oriol, Mariona and all Spanish colleagues in particular from the Pau Costa Foundation and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya did a great job and deserve warm acknowledgement for their organisation of WCNRM 2017.
Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2020
The Rollie Lamberson Award celebrates the contribution of Professor Emeritus Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association by recognizing each year the most outstanding paper in natural resource modeling in the previous two years. See http://resourcemodeling.org/lamberson/ or below for more details.
- Only current RMA members are eligible for the award.
- All papers published in Natural Resource Modeling during the previous two calendar years (namely 2017-2018) will be considered automatically provided at least one of the authors is a current member.
- Papers published in other journals may be nominated for consideration provided at least one of the co-authors is a current member. To be considered, the submission must comprise:
- an electronic version of the paper in English,
- a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award. Criteria below.
Send your nominations to < RMA contact from the website. The submission for the 2020 award will be closed on December 31, 2019.
The Lamberson prize will be delivered to the winners during the 2020 RMA conference to be held in Chile during January, 2020.
Professor Roland H. Lamberson
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
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