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VIsualizing Forest Futures (VIFF)
How biodiversity and human values shape decision making under climate change

Sustainable forest management under climate change requires a new approach that links human values, projections, and visualization to decision-making under uncertainty.  

We plan to link traditional knowledge (TK) with cutting-edge modeling and visualization techniques– including immersive virtual reality (iVR) experiences- to better understand human values and forests and to explore how forest management decisions can be made more robust under deep uncertainty. 

                Example of ‘goggle-view’ of iVR images under baseline climate [left] and climate change [right]




Recent Announcements

  • Linking traditional knowledge with spatial modeling and virtual reality, talk by Dr. Lucash Dr. Lucash gave a seminar in her department on her work on this project.  Watch it here:https://media.pdx.edu/media/SOE_Seminar_11022017_Melissa+Lucash/0_da8kwzpw
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 7:22 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • Update on LANDIS-II modeling Dr. Lucash has finished parameterizing LANDIS for VIFF and Drs. Scheller and Lucash have completed all the model development needed for this new extension of NECN that will be released ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:06 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Outreach in local Portland school Today, Dr. Lucash gave a talk to 5th graders in a local public elementary school about what it's like to be a professor.  The kids thought the virtual reality ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 9:54 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • New Connections at the Resilience Alliance Conference We had several productive meetings in Stockholm and had a wonderful time talking with Ann-Marie Chischilly, director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professions at Northern Arizona University, and ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:32 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • Resilience Alliance Conference in Stockholm Drs. Erica Smithwick, Klaus Keller, Alex Klippel, and Melissa Lucash presented at the Resilience Alliance Conference in Stockholm, Sweden in Aug 2017. coms.events/resilience2017/data/sessions/en/session_27 ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2017, 6:51 AM by Melissa Lucash
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This work was generously funded by the National Science Foundation for five years from August 2016 to July 2021.

Check out the NSF website to see our abstract: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1617396


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