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Using computer visualizations to help understand how forests change and developAuthor(s): Brian Orland; Cenk Ursavas
Source: In: McCaffrey, S.M., tech. ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 187-195.
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DescriptionProbably a first question people ask when they hear about proposed forest management actions to address fire hazard or forest health concerns is "what will the forest look like"? The recent advent of powerful computer visualization tools has provided one means of answering that question. The resultant images can be a powerful tool for communicating the implications of management programs, especially to groups from diverse backgrounds where the visualization can serve as a common meeting ground. However, managers need to consider several factors when contemplating use of computer visualizations. This article will discuss these considerations in the context of visualizations created for a specific site. Some guidance is offered for making the power of the visual world a valid and reliable surrogate for the real world we manage.
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CitationOrland, Brian; Ursavas, Cenk. 2006. Using computer visualizations to help understand how forests change and develop. In: McCaffrey, S.M., tech. ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 187-195.
Keywordscommunication, fuels treatments, defensible space, wildfire management, social acceptance, education, wildland urban interface
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