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Title: Spatially explicit and stochastic simulation of forest landscape fire disturbance and succession

Author: He, Hong S.; Mladenoff, David J.;

Date: 1999

Source: Ecology. 80(1): 81-99. (1999)

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Understanding disturbance and recovery of forest landscapes is a challenge because of complex interactions over a range of temporal and spatial scales. Landscape simulation models offer an approach to studying such systems at broad scales. Fire can be simulated spatially using mechanistic or stochastic approaches. We describe the fire module in a spatially explicit, stochastic model of forest landscape dynamics (LANDIS) that incorporates fire, windthrow, and harvest disturbance with species-level succession. A stochastic approach is suited to forest landscape models that are designed to simulate patterns over large spatial and time domains and are not used deterministically to predict individual events.

Keywords: fire distributions, fire disturbance, heterogeneity, ignition and spread, LANDIS, landscape ecology, landscape equilibrium, landscape model, spatially explicit and stochastic, species resilience, succession, verification and calibration

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He, Hong S.; Mladenoff, David J. 1999. Spatially explicit and stochastic simulation of forest landscape fire disturbance and succession. Ecology. 80(1): 81-99. (1999)


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