Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances
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.
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