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Watershed Manager’s View

James Westervelt
Published 2001 · Geography

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The view of the Integrated Spatio-Temporal Ecological Modeling System (I-STEMS) presented here describes what land managers will encounter when they use the model. I-STEMS will appear to the land manager to be an array of land management decision support systems (DSSs) seen through a familiar I-STEMS interface. These systems will be known as I-STEMS models. Some models will be relatively complete simulations that simultaneously capture all aspects of the watershed processes. Other models will focus on very specific management questions. A large model might simultaneously simulate watershed activities running at a number of different spatiotemporal scales to simultaneously capture such components as the behavior of individuals representing a threatened or endangered species; the behavior of larger populations; human activities, including training, logging, and recreation; economic consequences; biodiversity consequences; fire; disease propagation; and movement of genetics.

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