Automating Visual Resource Management

I created an automated spatial forest designer to support planners in developing harvests within important scenic or visually sensitive landscapes. The method was developed using Artificial Intelligence techniques (e.g. Genetic Algorithm). It consisted of programming within ESRI ArcGIS as well as Python and Java platforms.The tool iteratively manipulates designs while ensuring basic engineering constraints. Dissemination:…

Operationalizing Resilience over the Long-term

What can be Learned from Ecosystem Baselines? Along with Dr. Sarah Gergel, Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Research, and others, we examine the trade-offs between ecosystem services in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. I use 3D geovisualization and my own spatially-explicit GIS model to quantify cultural services in order to assess trade-offs with…

Human-Centered Viewshed for Landscape Management

This research required combining geospatial science, geovisualization and an human-environmental interactions to establish metrics representing aesthetic quality in natural environments. The outcome is a new viewshed method that is currently being used in real-world case studies of forest operations planning. The goal of this work is to continue developing the methods, and make them available…