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]

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  • LANDIS-II Simulations I'm gathering all the inputs I need to simulate the current and future species composition in our landscape and I hope to be done by the end of Aug ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2017, 12:16 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • Our new logo We love our new logo created by 99designs:
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  • We won Third Prize in the VISTAS Visualization Contest! Our video tied for 3rd prize in the ecology visualization contest sponsored by the VISTAS group!Our VIFF group tested our workflow of translating LANDIS-II output into virtual reality ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 8:44 PM by Melissa Lucash
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    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 7:21 AM by Melissa Lucash
  • Funding for graduate students We have funding for several social and biophysical scientists to work on our project.  Check out the tab marked "Employment Opportunities" for details.
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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