|SELES (Spatially Explicit Landscape Event Simulator) is a tool for constructing and running spatio-temporal landscape models that integrate natural and anthropogenic processes (e.g. fire, insect outbreaks, logging, succession) and track indicators (e.g. age class, habitat supply, timber volumes) over long time-frames and large spatial areas. SELES extends research in the fields of landscape ecology, simulation, and ecological modelling, and is useful as a tool for research on sustainable forest management, natural disturbance modelling and habitat modelling. It is a core component of over five master theses and eight Ph.D. theses.
|Collaborative Modelling: Landscape management requires analysis of complex interactions among ecosystems and management regimes. Spatio-temporal simulation models are increasingly being used to assess potential long-term consequences of decisions on ecological, social and economic values. To be applied successfully in management situations, models must address appropriate questions, include relevant processes and interactions, be perceived as credible and involve people affected by decisions. There are two requirements for success: a tool that supports rapid model prototyping and modification, that makes a clear link between a conceptual and implemented model, and that has the ability to implement a wide range of model types; and a framework for collaborative model building. Our approach has roots in adaptive management, computer-supported collaborative work, complexity theory, logic programming, computer simulation and landscape ecology. SELES supports this process by providing a high-level means of specifying complex model behaviours. The workshop process and resulting models have efficiently provided insight into the dynamics of large landscapes over long time frames in several forest modelling projects in British Columbia, Canada.
|Dr. Andrew Fall is the president and primary researcher in Gowlland Technologies Ltd. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU. His research focuses on tools and methodologies for constructing, running and visualizing spatio-temporal models of landscape dynamics. As the primary architect and developer of SELES, he has been involved in a variety of landscape modelling projects in B.C., Manitoba, Québec and Finland that explore long-term spatial forest dynamics and sustainable forest management, such as the impacts of interactions between management and natural disturbance on wildlife habitat and timber supply.