LANDIS-II: Introduction

LANDIS-II simulates forest succession, disturbance (including fire, wind, harvesting, insects), climate change, and seed dispersal across large (typically 10,000 - 20,000,000 ha) landscapes. LANDIS-II tracks the spatial distribution of discrete tree and shrub species and has flexible spatial and temporal resolutions. Learn more about our research and see our publications list.

LANDIS-II advances forest modeling in many respects. Most significantly, LANDIS-II, 1) is completely open-source at all levels with extensive documentation, 2) has a large library of ecological processes to choose from, including many explicitly designed to track landscape carbon dynamics, 3) has flexible time steps for every ecological process, 4) uses an advanced architecture that allows rapid model development and easy distribution and installation of model components. We are also very proud of our large and active community of users and developers.

LANDIS-II manages and executes discrete extensions (modules or plug-ins). Each ecological process is programmed as an independent extension that interacts with the landscape through an explicit interface with the core LANDIS-II program. The user specifies which extensions will be used to best simulate the forest dynamics of interest. LANDIS-II allows scientists to easily develop and share their own extensions.

LANDIS-II was developed at the Forest Landscape Ecology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the USFS Northern Research Station, the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab at Portland State University, and Harvard Forest.

For further information about LANDIS-II or to report web site problems, contact Dr. Robert Scheller (RMSCHELL @

Recent Announcements

  • Harvard Forest Training We held our first LANDIS-II training session at Harvard Forest (HF) this week (4/8- 4/10).  The class was taught by Drs. Lucash (PSU), Duveneck (HF) and Thompson ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 5:35 AM by Jonathan Thompson
  • BFOLDS Released BFOLDS (Boreal FOrest Landscape Dynamics Simulator) Fire Regime Module v2.0 represents forest fire processes mechanistically in a spatially explicit manner. It simulates fire ignition ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:16 AM by Robert Scheller
  • LANDIS-II training at Harvard Forest (April 8-10) Registration for the upcoming LANDIS-II training at Harvard Forest (April 8-10) is available at the following link:   Basic training ($325) as ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2014, 5:21 AM by Jonathan Thompson
  • Meeting and Training Concluded! Our fifth LANDIS-II Meeting with training has concluded.   Overall it appears to have been a great success!  Some of the highlights included:* Our new training manual.  Now that it ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2014, 8:24 AM by Robert Scheller
  • LANDIS-II-Site updated to v2.3.1 A new version of the LANDIS-II-Site tool (L2-Site) is now available on the Users page.  Changes in the new version were simply cosmetic fixes to the user ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2014, 8:24 AM by Robert Scheller
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