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Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances

  • Synthesizes the current state of knowledge in forest landscape disturbance models
  • Uses models to explore advancements and challenges in modeling techniques
  • Identifies future needs in quantifying forest landscape disturbances

By: Ajith H Perera(Editor), Brian R Sturtevant(Editor), Lisa J Buse(Editor)

321 pages, 51 colour & 23 b/w illustrations, 18 tables


Hardback | Aug 2015 | #225624 | ISBN-13: 9783319198088
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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. Simulation Modeling of Forest Landscape Disturbances contains a collection of insights from a group of ecologists who address a variety of processes: 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 the state of this rapidly evolving subject.


1. Simulation modeling of forest landscape disturbances: An overview; Ajith H. Perera, Brian R. Sturtevant, and Lisa J. Buse
2. Modeling windthrow at stand and landscape scales; Stephen J. Mitchell and Jean-Claude Ruel
3. Approaches to modeling landscape-scale drought-induced forest mortality; Eric J. Gustafson and Douglas J. Shinneman
4. Modeling wildfire regimes in forest landscapes: Abstracting a complex reality; Donald McKenzie and Ajith H. Perera
5. Modeling insect disturbance across forested landscapes: Insights from the spruce budworm; Brian R. Sturtevant, Barry J. Cooke, Daniel D. Kneeshaw, and David A. MacLean
6. Individual-based modeling: Mountain pine beetle seasonal biology in response to climate; Jacques Regniere, Barbara J. Bentz, Jim A. Powell, and Remi St-Amant
7. Southern pine beetle herbivory in the southern United States: Moving from external disturbance to internal process; Andrew G. Birt and Robert N. Coulson
8. Exploring interactions among multiple disturbance agents in forest landscapes: Simulating effects of fire, beetles, and disease under climate change; Robert E. Keane, Rachel Loehman, Jason Clark, Erica A.H. Smithwick, and Carol A. Miller
9. Simulating forest landscape disturbances as coupled human and natural systems; Michael C. Wimberly, Terry L. Sohl, Zhihua Liu, and Aashis Lamsal
10. Simulating forest recovery following disturbances: Vegetation dynamics and biogeochemistry; Robert M. Scheller and Mark E. Swanson
11. Simulation modeling of forest landscape disturbances: Where do we go from here?; Ajith H. Perera, Brian R. Sturtevant, and Lisa J. Buse

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