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Presenting Landscape-Scale Forest Information: What Is Sufficient and What Is Appropriate?

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Computer visualization techniques that integrate detailed information can communicate general characteristics of a landscape to audiences from diverse backgrounds. But credibility with viewers may be lost if details—characteristics for which data are lacking—are generated to make visualizations more realistic. One solution is to present obvious ions for landscape attributes that have not been measured. In most cases, presenting a landscape via several complementary techniques conveys information most successfully. A sampling of presentation tools describing an actual forest landscape reveals their advantages, disadvantages, and suitability for lay audiences.

Keywords: Communications; Geospatial Technologies; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Private Consultant 562 King's Highway, Hancock, NH, 03449, 2: Research Forester USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Seattle

Publication date: 2000-12-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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