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Keyword: vegetation dynamics

Incorporating landscape fuel treatment modeling into the Forest Vegetation Simulator

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
A simulation system was developed to explore how fuel treatments placed in random and optimal spatial patterns affect the growth and behavior of large fires when implemented at different rates over the course of five decades.

Effects of using visualization and animation in presentations to communities about forest succession and fire behavior potential

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
Natural resource managers use a variety of computer-mediated presentation methods to communicate management practices to the public. We explored the effects of using the Stand Visualization System to visualize and animate predictions from the Forest Vegetation Simulator-Fire and Fuels Extension in presentations explaining forest succession (forest growth and change over time), fire behavior, and management options.

FVS and global Warming: A prospectus for future development

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
Climate change-global warming and changes in precipitation-will cause changes in tree growth rates, mortality rates, the distribution of tree species, competition, and species interactions. An implicit assumption in FVS is that site quality will remain the same as it was during the time period observations used to calibrate the component models were made and that the site quality will not be affected by climate change.

Vegetation simulation and our changing world: Keynote address

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
Prior to the 1990s, a primary focus of vegetation management on National Forest System (NFS) lands was commodity production. While the production of goods is still important, the last 20 years has seen an emphasis in the restoration of ecosystem function and resiliency. This is illustrated by a decline of more than 80% in NFS timber production since the late 1980s.

Third Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference; 2007 February 13-15; Fort Collins, CO

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2008
The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a suite of computer modeling tools for predicting the long-term effects of alternative forest management actions. FVS was developed in the early 1980s and is used throughout the United Sates and British Columbia. The Third FVS conference, held February 13-15, 2007, in Fort Collins Colorado, contains 20 papers.

Climate change effects on historical range and variability of two large landscapes in western Montana, USA

Publications Posted on: March 14, 2008
Quantifying the historical range and variability of landscape composition and structure using simulation modeling is becoming an important means of assessing current landscape condition and prioritizing landscapes for ecosystem restoration. However, most simulated time series are generated using static climate conditions which fail to account for the predicted major changes in future climate.