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

  • College of Menominee Nation REU students are busy this summer of 2018! We have three terrific REU students on our project spending the summer at the Sustainability Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, WI.  They are learning a ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2018, 3:17 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • Upcoming symposium at IALE Please attend our symposium at International Association for Landscape Ecology in Chicago Illinois from April 8-12, 2018Visualizing Ecosystem Futures – Live! Chris Caldwell and Dennis Vickers: Presenting the Menominee ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2018, 3:12 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • Upcoming SRPoiSE Presentation by Dr. Casey Helgeson Illuminating Stakeholder Values through Immersive Visualization of Policy OutcomesCasey will give a talk at the 4th conference of the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2018, 3:16 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • New Virtual Reality Video Our latest prototype can be viewed here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XautGqq5OUol5cd9iyrLu5COYaJuVQxh/view?usp=sharing
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 1:54 PM by Melissa Lucash
  • 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
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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