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Simulation modeling of forest landscape disturbances: Where do we go from here?

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Perera, Ajith H.; Sturtevant, Brian R.; Buse, Lisa J.

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2015

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In: Perera, A.H.; Sturtevant, B.R.; Buse, L.J., eds. Simulation modeling forest landscape disturbances. Geneva, Switzerland: Springer International: 289-311. Chapter 11.

Abstract

It was nearly a quarter-century ago when Turner and Gardner (1991) drew attention to methods of quantifying landscape patterns and processes, including simulation modeling. The many authors who contributed to that seminal text collectively signaled the emergence of a new field—spatially explicit simulation modeling of broad-scale ecosystem dynamics. Of particular note are the works of Turner and Dale (1991), who produced a first comprehensive overview of the prospect of modeling landscape disturbances, and of Sklar and Costanza (1991), who summarized the limited state of landscape modeling across various systems ranging from natural to anthropogenic and from terrestrial to aquatic, all in a single chapter. Concurrent with the growth in landscape ecology, the field of modeling at broader scales has expanded and diversified quite rapidly since these early summaries. This growth is evident in that less than a decade later, Mladenoff and Baker (1999) were able to assemble an entire text on landscape modeling with a focus on the dynamics of forest landscape disturbances.

Citation

Perera, Ajith H.; Sturtevant, Brian R.; Buse, Lisa J. 2015. Simulation modeling of forest landscape disturbances: Where do we go from here?. In: Perera, A.H.; Sturtevant, B.R.; Buse, L.J., eds. Simulation modeling forest landscape disturbances. Geneva, Switzerland: Springer International: 289-311. Chapter 11.

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