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Forest Disturbance Processes

Global issues - Poverty, Tsunami, Natural Disasters, and U.S. Biological Trends

[image:] Map of Africa shows countries with varying levels of hydrological and geological disasters


Research Issue

Each day, many thousands needlessly die due to poverty-related causes. Additional thousands die from disasters, with the December 2004 tsunami being the prime example. Disasters in general have been increasing with consequent increasing tolls on lives and property. Each of these sad issues can be largely remedied with appropriate investment and will by society. Tools and analyses are needed to prepare the way for such ventures.

Our Research

The tools we use in landscape ecology (GIS, remote sensing, statistics) have allowed us to conduct some limited research in these rather disparate fields. We briefly describe some of the outcomes.

Research Results

  1. A simple landscape model on the tsunami impact of Aceh Province, Sumatra allowed us to build a spatial model of vulnerability based on four variables: distance from shore, elevation, vegetation type, and exposure to the sea.
  2. A clarification of the model was published in reply to a comment.
  3. A review of the global poverty situation was explored via a book review of the book “The End of Poverty”. Also presented are suggestions on how landscape ecologists can get involved to make a difference.
  4. Reported disasters related to the hydrologic cycle are increasing at a higher pace than geological disasters – could this be because of an increasingly vigorous hydrologic cycle due to climate change?
  5. U.S. Biological Trends (3.2 mb pdf)

Research Publications

Pijanowski, B., L. Iverson, C. Drew, H. Bulley, J. Rhemtulla, M. Wimberly, A. Bartsch, and J. Peng. Addressing the interplay of poverty and the ecology of landscapes: a Grand Challenge Topic for landscape ecologists? Landscape Ecology.doi:10.1007/s10980-009-9415-z

Iverson, Louis R. 2007. Landscape ecologists have a role in poverty relief. Book review. Landscape Ecology. 22: 1269-1271.

Iverson, Louis R.; Prasad, Anantha. 2007. Using landscape analysis to assess and model tsunami damage in Aceh province, Sumatra. Landscape Ecology. 22: 223-331.

Iverson, Louis R.; Prasad, Anantha M. 2008. Modeling tsunami damage in Aceh: a reply. Landscape Egology. 23: 7-10.

Research Participants

Principal Investigators

  • Louis Iverson, USDA Forest Service- Northern Research Station Research Landscape Ecologist
  • Anantha Prasad, USDA Forest Service- Northern Research Station Ecologist
  • Matthew Peters, USDA Forest Service- Northern Research Station GIS Analyst
  • Stephen Matthews, Ohio State University Wildlife Landscape Ecologist 

 

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Last Modified: 10/21/2010

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Iverson, Louis R. 2007. Landscape ecologists have a role in poverty relief. Book review. Landscape Ecology. 22: 1269-1271.

 

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