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Asking "What-if" Questions: New ST-Sim Tool Helps Managers Forecast Future Rangeland Conditions

Author(s): Jessica M. Brewen
Year Published: 2020
Description:

Unforeseen Events and Climate Variability: How do land management decisions shape landscapes decades into the future? With the influence of climate change and its associated stressors, it's an increasingly thorny question. According to Paulette Ford, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, "Land managers were coming to me and saying, 'The rain's coming too late in the season,' or 'We've got these weird fire cycles.' What they're talking about is unprecedented events and climate variability."

According to Matt Reeves, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana, "Managers have to invest a little bit of time into figuring out how to use the tool, but it can generate some of the most valuable information that's available right now. There are video tutorials available and we are happy to work with folks."

Citation: Brewen JM. 2020. Asking "What-if" Questions: New ST-Sim Tool Helps Managers Forecast Future Rangeland Conditions. USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station Fort Collins, CO: Science You Can Use Bulletin February: 2 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Simulation Modeling, Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 20765
Record updated: Feb 18, 2020