S3 Scenarios to Simulation workshop results in synthesis paper

Last February the S3 RCN organized a workshop at Dartmouth College with the aim of developing methods to translate narrative scenarios into quantitative simulations. Today a new paper was published that summarizes the synthesis work that was born out of that workshop.  The paper is titled “Methods for translating narrative scenarios into quantitative assessments of land use change” and it

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New England Landscape Futures Annual Report 2015

Here is a list of project highlights from our work in 2015 1. New England landscape scenarios – Together with co-hosts across the region, we convened scenario-building workshops in each of the 6 New England states. This report summarizes the outputs from all of the workshops and shows many similarities from state to state. The resulting scenarios reveal that (1) population and settlement

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S3 RCN and New England Partners Build Scenarios for the Future of the New England Landscape

Despite dramatic changes in the New England landscape over the past 200 years, interviews reveal that most people assume it will look much like it does today in the year 2065. Through the S3 RCN university colleagues are teaming up this fall with partners in each of the six New England states to host a series of scenario-building workshops. The

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Three S3 RCN Scientists present research at the 9th IALE World Congress in Portland, Oregon USA

Scientists affiliated with the S3 RCN recently presented research related to land-use trends and forest landscape models at the 9th International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress in Portland, Oregon.  The conference, titled, “Crossing Scales, Crossing Borders: Global Approaches to Complex Challenges,” was held July 5-10 and brought together nearly 1,000 leaders in landscape ecology from around the globe dedicated to preserving and

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New study investigates optimal forest management approach for climate mitigation

As forests are increasingly being managed to provide climate mitigation benefits through carbon sequestration, new research to be published in the journal Ecological Applications suggests it is important to understand how different ecosystem services respond to alternative management approaches. The study, by Dartmouth College post-doc and S3RCN  Collaborator David Lutz and colleagues, used models to explore tradeoffs between three services under different

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Doing More with Less: New Study Finds Ecosystem Hotspots Increase in Massachusetts

All land is not created equal.  Ecosystem “hotspots” do triple duty in the benefits they provide to society. A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology reports that the number of ecosystem hotspots has increased in Massachusetts over the past decade, with more and more hotspots popping up in metro Boston. But, the study points out, more hotspots may not be a

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**Reminder**: Webinar Update Tomorrow @1pm

Please join us tomorrow, **Thursday, April 23rd at 1 pm** for a webinar update on the work of the Scenarios, Services and Society Research Coordination Network (S3RCN) and the New England Landscape Futures project. This hour-long webinar will include a progress report on activities that followed from the initial workshop in Maine and results from a new analysis of current trends

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