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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Bayesian Belief Network workshop

The Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) is an important cross-cutting methodology that will be used in OpenNESS. To kick things off, and to develop ideas and build a shared understanding of methods and issues, a workshop about BBNs was organized by WP 1 in Nottingham in September 2013. The event provided the OpenNESS SME partner HUGIN Expert A/S (BBN software developer) an opportunity to provide some initial training on their software, and project members to discuss how to use the methods in the project.

As a result of the workshop an internal briefing paper has been developed that explains a little of the background on BBNs and especially how they might be used in the different work packages. The paper can be downloaded at the OpenNESS extranet. HUGIN established a website with examples and other resources that can be used within the project:

OpenNESS will be using a development version of the BBN software so that we can collectively design and test the new concepts and methods. A particularly active area will be using BBNs as a mapping tool and for spatial analysis. A next topic will be to investigate how temporal processes can be analysed. Further meetings of the group interested in BBNs will take place in early 2014.

For more information, please contact Roy Haines-Young, Centre for Environmental Management, School of Geography, University of Nottingham,

Graph: Prototype BBN tool to translate between ecosystem service classifications