Forest ThreatNet

Volume 11, Issue 1 - January/February 2017

Upcoming Workshop Will Introduce the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT)

LanDAT_logo.pngA new tool to be launched in 2017 can help natural resource conservation practitioners monitor and assess impacts on changing landscapes and the ecological services and benefits they provide to people. With funding support from the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Eastern Threat Center scientists Lars Pomara, Bjorn Brooks, and Danny Lee are developing the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT) based on an annually-updated set of spatial data products used to visualize broad patterns in vegetation change at large scales. An interactive workshop on Tuesday, May 16, in Asheville, NC, will provide an opportunity for natural resource managers, planners, spatial data analysts, and others to tour LanDAT and learn how it can be applied locally and regionally through presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities. Partners from the University of North Carolina Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center will be on hand to assist with workshop facilitation. For more information, please contact Lars Pomara at lazarusypomara@fs.fed.us or 828-257-4357.

The tools and resources presented at this workshop are the result of a three-year collaboration between the Appalachian LCC and the Eastern Threat Center that seeks to provide information and tools that fully integrate society’s value of ecosystems with future threats to better inform landscape planning and management.

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