Forecasting Forested Landscapes

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Forecasting Forested Landscapes

An Introduction to LANDIS-II with Exercises

Authored by The Landis-II Foundation
Edition: Third

Our goal is to provide users with an overview of forest landscape simulation modeling and provide concrete examples of how to use a forest landscape simulation model - specifically LANDIS-II - for research or planning purposes.

First, we provide a general introduction to using sophisticated simulation models to project changes across forested landscapes. Second, we give an overview of the LANDIS-II landscape simulation model, a widely used forest landscape change model. Finally, we provide exercises so the user can gain familiarity with a forest landscape simulation model - specifically LANDIS-II.

We begin with a broad overview of simulation modeling. We briefly touch on topics common to all forest simulation models: scale, level of detail, parameterization, calibration, validation, and replication.

Next, we provide a comprehensive outline of the characteristics of LANDIS-II that distinguish it from other models. We then describe the data needed to parameterize the model and outline various sources from which to gather the data. A description of the various succession extensions available for LANDIS-II is provided, along with an explanation of how one might calibrate the model and then validate the results. Next, we briefly describe a subset of the disturbance extensions available and outline procedures for their calibration and validation. We conclude with a discussion of how LANDIS simulates the effects of climate change on forest succession and disturbance.

The book concludes with a compilation of several exercises designed for the user to gain familiarity with modeling forested landscapes and with using LANDIS-II. The first exercises (chapter 6-8) familiarize the user with running the model (necessary for all subsequent exercises. Subsequent exercises help users become familiar with the simulation of critical ecological processes: succession (chapters 9 and 10) and disturbances (chapters 11-12). Also included is an exercise to learn how to develop forest management scenarios (chapter 13). The final exercise (chapter 14) is designed to help the user synthesize multiple processes to answer more integrated questions about how to manage forests in the face of climate change and disturbance.

Together, these exercises will guide the user through the mechanics of running the model and help them discern which extensions are appropriate for their specific research, planning, or scenario application.

This book is not a substitute for reading the many LANDIS-II User Guides or the peer-reviewed literature associated with each. If, at the end of the book, you are inspired to apply LANDIS-II, please visit and explore the many resources provided there.

Publication Date:
1511944560 / 9781511944564
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Science / Life Sciences / Ecology

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