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Biophysical Settings Review: What it is. How it works. Why it matters.

All ecosystems are dynamic, changing due to growth, succession and disturbances. Modeling large landscapes in the United States requires the collective knowledge of experienced and knowledgeable vegetation and fire experts. In collaboration with hundreds of colleagues, LANDFIRE produced more than 1,000 state-and-transitions models and descriptions — one for every ecosystem (called Biophysical Settings or BpS) mapped by the Program. The result is a major contribution to basic and applied vegetation ecology across the country.
When Jan 20, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Southwest Fire Science Consortium Webinar
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First WEBINAR of 2016

Biophysical Settings Review: What it is. How it works. Why it matters.

Date: January 20, 2016
Presenter: Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy LANDFIRE Team


All ecosystems are dynamic, changing due to growth, succession and disturbances. Modeling large landscapes in the United States requires the collective knowledge of experienced and knowledgeable vegetation and fire experts. In collaboration with hundreds of colleagues, LANDFIRE produced more than 1,000 state-and-transitions models and descriptions — one for every ecosystem (called Biophysical Settings or BpS) mapped by the Program. The result is a major contribution to basic and applied vegetation ecology across the country.

These models and descriptions play a part in national vegetation mapping and assessment, and on-the-ground management across the country. A new phase is underway as LANDFIRE deepens and broadens the science and applicability of those models and descriptions through the “BpS Review” review project. Input from ecologists, land managers, fire practitioners and others who are interested in how vegetation systems function is critical to improve this unique encyclopedia of ecological knowledge. Randy will give a brief primer on Bps, a review of the dedicated website, and will show how and why the descriptions and expert review are important. He will end by showing how you can become involved. Click here to register for this webinar now! Here's a link on the BpS review!


 

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