Simulation modeling as a tool for understanding the landscape ecology of the southern pine beetle infestations in Southern Appalachian forests.

  • Author(s): Cairns, David MArtin; Lafon, Charles W.; Birt, Andrew G.; Waldron, John D.; Tchakerian, Maria; Coulson, Robert N.; Xi, Weimin; Klepzig, Kier.
  • Date: 2008
  • Source: Geograpy Compass 2/3: 580-599
  • Station ID: --

Abstract

The forests of southeastern North America are influenced by a variety of

disturbances including fire and insect outbreaks. In this paper, we discuss the role

of disturbances in structuring forest landscapes with particular emphasis placed on

the reciprocal interaction between forest structure and outbreaks of the southern

pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann). We highlight work in which we

are currently involved to illustrate the importance and utility of using spatially

explicit forest modeling as a tool for understanding forest–insect interactions and

its potential role in determining management strategies.

  • Citation: . . Simulation modeling as a tool for understanding the landscape ecology of the southern pine beetle infestations in Southern Appalachian forests. Geograpy Compass 2/3: 580-599.

Requesting Publications

You can order print copies of our publications through our publication ordering system. Make a note of the publication you wish to request, and visit our Publication Order Site.

Publication Notes

  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unuseable.
  • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.