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SIMPPLLE: Simulating Patterns and Processes at Landscape Scales
Entry ID: USDA_FS_SIMPPLLE
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Summary
Abstract: SIMPPLLE is an acronym for SIMulating Patterns and Processes at Landscape scaLEs. SIMPPLLE was initially developed for USDA Forest Service, Region One as a management tool to integrate disturbance processes and vegetation conditions at a range of spatial scales. Additional funding has came from Joint Fire Sciences program, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Geological Services (USGS), Ecosystem Management Research Institute (EMRI), and Montana State University to support development and use in other ecosystems. A basic overview publication is in the Western Journal of Applied Forestry (Chew et al 2004). Earlier publications discussing the design and development of the system are in Chew 1993, 1995, 1997. The objective of SIMPPLLE is to help provide an understanding of the dynamics of landscapes. SIMPPLLE is not designed to provide a precise prediction of when and where processes will occur, but it is spatially explicit. The spatial interaction between landscape features and disturbance processes is considered important enough that for the type of applications SIMPPLLE is designed for a nonspatial approach would not be desired. A range of possible outcomes for landscapes can be quantified by multiple simulations. Multiple simulations can provide a prediction of general trends for the processes on a specific landscape. Results from multiple simulations can be expressed as a probability of occurrence for the disturbance processes as well as the attributes by which plant communities are described. Individual simulations can be used as an example of one possible outcome for a given landscape. Individual simulations can be selected from a set of multiple simulations to represent worst-case scenarios for specific disturbance processes, a most likely scenario, or a most optimistic scenario.

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Related URL
Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION > USER'S GUIDE
Description: SIMPPLLE user guide.
Service Citation
Originators: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, USGS, Ecosystem Management Research Institute, Montana State University
Title: SIMPPLLE: Simulating Patterns and Processes at Landscape Scales
Provider: US Forest Service
URL: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/missoula/4151/SIMPPLLE/
ISO Topic Category
ENVIRONMENT
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER
PLANNING CADASTRE
Service Provider
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture

Service Provider Personnel
Name: ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESEARCH STATION
Phone: (970) 295-5923
Contact Address:
Natural Resources Research Center
2150 Centre Avenue, Building A
City: Fort Collins
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80526
Country: USA
Distribution Media
Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Personnel
TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA

JIMMIE D. CHEW
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (406) 542-4171
Fax: (406) 329-2124
Email: jchew at fs.fed.us
Contact Address:
Forestry Sciences Lab
800 E. Beckwith Ave
City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59801
Country: USA

CHRISTINE M. STALLING
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (406) 542-4153
Fax: (406) 329-2124
Email: cstalling at fs.fed.us
Contact Address:
Forestry Sciences Lab
800 E. Beckwith Ave
City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59801
Country: USA

KIRK MOELLER
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (207) 698-9978
Email: kmoeller at fs.fed.us
Contact Address:
Forestry Sciences Lab
800 E. Beckwith Ave
City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59801
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2008-02-13
SERF Last Revision Date: 2011-01-27
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