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Von Gadow and Pukkala's unique, Designing Green Landscapes, presents the latest thinking in adaptive management for forest ecosystems. Based on the `multiple path' principle, this approach links species choice and silvicultural methods with changing demands and changing environmental conditions, to ensure continuous adaptation, often several times within the lifetime of a tree.
The `multiple path' principle at the core of this approach represents a robust theoretical framework for designing forested landscapes. It provides a logical basis both for coordinating spatial objectives and for integrating varied forms of expertise; it limits planning horizons to realistic timeframes; and it allows for forecasts based on current real attributes of spatially explicit land parcels. This is in stark contrast with traditional forestry practices which simply assess the forest resource at regular time intervals and prescribe standard management schedules for specific forest types.
Presenting what is essentially a new paradigm in land management, this book represents a key reference text for researchers and graduate students in forest management, ecology, modelling and landscape planning. It will also provide a valuable resource for professionals working for Land Management Agencies or as environmental consultants.
Foreword.- Section 1: Introduction. 1. Adaptive design of forested landscapes; K. v. Gadow et al.- Section 2: Assessing the Landscape. 2. Landscape metrics, scales of resolution; S.A. Cushman, K. McGarigal.- 3. Detailed assessment using remote sensing techniques; P. Packalen et al.- 4. Assessing landscape attributes; C. Katsch.- Section 3: Numerical Analysis of Landscape Design. 5. Spatial optimisation - computational Methods; P. Bettinger, Y.-H. Kim.- 6. Integrating multiple services in the numerical analysis of landscape design; T. Pukkala.- 7. Decentralized forest planning models - a cellular automata framework; A.-H. Mathey, J. Nelson.- 8. Coordinating management decisions of neighboring stands with dynamic programming; H. Hoganson et al.- 9. Designing a forested landscape in Finland under different climate scenarios; J. Garcia-Gonzalo et al.- Section 4: Computer Graphics and Visualization. 10. Visualization in the design of forested landscapes; A.O. Falcao.- 11. Visualization in support of landscape design; R. Mach.-
From the reviews: "The book presents latest research on computational techniques that support the development of management concepts for forested landscapes. ! Designing Green Landscapes is written for researchers and graduate students in forest management with experience in computation. ! Throughout the book, recent scientific achievements are represented on how to solve complex spatial temporal problems related to forestry." (Tobias Mette, Forstarchiv, Vol. 80 (2), 2009)