The LANDIS-II Forest Landscape Model
Introducing the LANDIS-II Foundation
We are pleased to announce the formation of the LANDIS-II Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to model development, maintainance, training, and education. We are filing necessary state paperwork now (Oregon) and will be applying for 501(3)(c) status in the near future. More details to come!
Join the LANDIS-II Community!
- You MUST register to access the model installer. To register, please visit the LANDIS-II User Group. After registering, visit the
installtab above. Registration is FREE.
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 code 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, and the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab at Portland State University.
For further information about LANDIS-II or to report web site problems, contact Dr. Robert Scheller (RMSCHELL @ pdx.edu).
LANDIS-II Web Site Overview
For a broad overview of LANDIS-II, see the LANDIS-II Introduction.
To register as a LANDIS-II user, visit the New User Page.
To download LANDIS-II, see the instructions on the Installation Page. You must be registered and logged in to visit this page.
View the table of available extensions and check for updates at the Extensions Page.
To see or modify the list of active LANDIS-II projects, visit the Projects Page.
To see or modify the list of peer-reviewed papers, visit the Publications Page.
For further User Resources, visit the Users Page.
For Developer Resources, visit the Developers Page.
User Guides for the LANDIS-II core are found in the Documentation Page
User Guides and citations for individual extensions are linked to from the Extensions Page