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RMRS-GTR-143: Computer simulation modeling of recreation use: current status, case studies, and future directions


Cole, David N., comp. 2005. Computer simulation modeling of recreation use: current status, case studies, and future directions. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-143. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 75 p.

This report compiles information about recent progress in the application of computer simulation modeling to planning and management of recreation use, particularly in parks and wilderness. Early modeling efforts are described in a chapter that provides an historical perspective. Another chapter provides an overview of modeling options, common data input requirements, and useful model outputs. The bulk of the report consists of case studies that illustrate a broad array of recreational situations and management applications for simulation modeling. A final chapter describes some future directions for modeling work. Although simulation of recreation use is already a tool for planning and management, its utility could be greatly enhanced with further work in software development, increased understanding of appropriate methodologies, and greater attention to model verification and validation.

Keywords: computer simulation, park planning, recreation management, simulation modeling


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Chapter 1: Why Model Recreation Use?
David N. Cole, Kerri Cahill, and Marilyn Hof
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Chapter 2: Historical Development of Simulation Models of Recreation Use
Jan W. van Wagtendonk and David N. Cole
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Chapter 3: Overview of Computer Simulation Modeling Approaches and Methods
Robert E. Manning, Robert M. Itami, David N. Cole, and Randy Gimblett
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Chapter 4: Case Studies of Simulation Models of Recreation Use
David N. Cole
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Chapter 5: Future Directions for Simulation of Recreation Use
David N. Cole
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Title: RMRS-GTR-143: Computer simulation modeling of recreation use: current status, case studies, and future directions
Electronic Publish Date: October 14, 2005
Last Update:
February 11, 2009

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