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    Author(s): Paulette L. Ford; Matthew C. Reeves; Leonardo Frid
    Date: 2019
    Source: Rangelands. 41(1): 49-60.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    New technologies may enhance management by enabling quantitative testing of assumptions of vegetation response to climate and management. State-and-transition simulation models can keep track of interactions that are too complicated for us to comprehend using only conceptual models. This tool takes conceptual state-and-transition models to the next level, fostering greater communication and dialogue with stakeholders. Based on the models and climate data used here, increased drought may enhance transitions between vegetative states. It is important to be as explicit and quantitative as possible as to how you expect vegetation states or ecosystem processes to transition between one another.

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    Ford, Paulette L.; Reeves, Matthew C.; Frid, Leonardo. 2019. A tool for projecting rangeland vegetation response to management and climate. Rangelands. 41(1): 49-60.

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    Keywords

    state-and-transition simulation models, climate change, drought, semi-arid ecosystems, grazing, fire

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