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Looking at Landscape Ecology

A visit with Hong S. He, Associate Professor, Forestry Department, School of Natural Resources

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: LANDIS landscape modeling fire management fire suppression forestry

The innovation of computerized landscape modeling work

Topics: LANDIS landscape modeling

A computer model called LANDIS addresses the larger spatial and temporal dimensions involved in effective forestry management, whether that means looking at the long-term effects of fire management or at tree harvesting practices. In lieu of an ecological crystal ball, this computer model is becoming a crucial tool that employs current science “to simulate the long-term effects of various management decisions.” With LANDIS, it becomes possible to estimate how frequently a fire needs to occur in order to maintain the forest’s ecological health.