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Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances

Photo of Book coverBook coverSnapshot : Simulation models of landscape disturbances have proliferated and matured. A Forest Service scientist co-edited the book “Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances” that represents a synthesis of the current state of knowledge in forest landscape disturbance models across a wide variety of processes that include physical (drought, wind, and fire), biological (defoliating insects, bark beetles, and tree pathogens) and human-caused activities, interactions between disturbances and climate change, and subsequent landscape recovery. Contributing authors applied models across these different dimensions to explore advancements and challenges in modeling techniques and identify future needs in quantifying forest landscape disturbances.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Sturtevant, Brian R.  
Research Location : North American Forests
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 880


Forest landscape disturbances are a global phenomenon. Simulation models are an important tool in understanding these broad-scale processes and exploring their effects on forest ecosystems. A Forest Service scientist with the agency’s Northern Research Station co-edited the book “Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances.” The book collects insights from a group of ecologists who address a variety of processes of physical disturbances such as drought, wind, and fire; biological disturbances such as defoliating insects and bark beetles; anthropogenic influences; interactions among disturbances; effects of climate change on disturbances; and the recovery of forest landscapes from disturbances, all from a simulation modeling perspective. These discussions and examples offer a broad synopsis of this rapidly evolving subject that should be relevant to those who develop and apply models or are interested in understanding and exploring forest landscape disturbances using simulation models.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Ajith H. Perera and Lisa J. Buse, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada

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