Selected Model Types
A wide range of model types can be built using the SELES modelling environment. The following list is shows some of the types of models that have been built in projects so far.
Cellular automata type models have underlain a variety of species succession, land change and other "state transition" style of models. These kind of models are simple to implement in SELES.
Natural Disturbance have included empirical fire, wind and insect models, and more mechanistic fire models.
Habitat suitability models (such as results from logistic regression) have been integrated with dynamic landscape models to create spatial time-series habitat projections.
Population Models have been built for mountain pine beetle outbreaks and tailed frogs. These have included Matrix population, or stage-based models, where each cell of the landscape tracks the number of individuals in each stage
Spatial timber supply models have been built in B.C. and Quebec. In B.C. these have been used in land-use planning and for timber supply analysis by the provincial government.
Spatial habitat supply models have been combined with timber supply models to assess tradeoffs between conservation and economic goals.
Individual-based (agent) models have been built for theoretical and applied projects, including dispersal models for songbirds, Spotted Owls and mountain caribou. These can also be used to create individual-based spatial population models.
Pattern analysis models have included transparent patch-analysis tools (which compute metrics similar to Fragstats) or more complex multi-grain graph-based analysis.
Integrative synethesis models have been built that combine a range of models types, such as listed above.