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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

Landscape modeling, continued

Topics: landscape modeling fire management

Computer modeling is an important tool used by landscape ecologists when they need to answer large-scale questions and consider several management scenarios such as suppressing fire or using prescribed fires, as well as the future impact of climate warming on certain species of trees. LANDIS shows the predicted results of various management policies 50-100 years from now. “Using some active management alternatives, hopefully we’ll end up with different, more desirable ecosystems,” says He.