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A tool for projecting rangeland vegetation response to management and climate

Posted date: July 01, 2019
Publication Year: 
2019
Authors: Ford, Paulette L.; Reeves, Matthew C.; Frid, Leonardo
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Rangelands. 41(1): 49-60.

Abstract

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.

Citation

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.