The LANDIS-II Forest Landscape Simulation Model
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.
The original LANDIS (LANdscape DIsturbance and Succession) model was developed by Drs. David Mladenoff, Hong He, and others. 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 @ pdx.edu).