Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies

Maintain forest ecosystem services at landscape scales using decision support tools

[image:] Puzzle pieces depict various lanscapes scalesOne of the most persistent difficulties in science is extrapolating relationships discovered through scientific research to larger scales. Translation to other scales cannot be achieved by simply multiplying estimates from the local scale by the area of the larger region, because human and natural systems are highly variable in space and time. Valid extrapolation requires linking of “pattern to process,” so that local-scale knowledge of what controls biological processes can be linked to the pattern of those control agents on the landscape. We develop innovative scaling concepts and tools to integrate research from many disciplines and translate forestry knowledge to policy-relevant scales.

Last updated on: December 8, 2016

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