Improving the effectiveness of ecological site descriptions: General state-and-transition models and the Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool (EDIT)

TitleImproving the effectiveness of ecological site descriptions: General state-and-transition models and the Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool (EDIT)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBestelmeyer BT, Williamson J, Talbot C, Cates G, Duniway M.C., Brown J.
JournalRangelands
Volume38:329-335
Type of Article12/2016
ARIS Log Number338470
Abstract

State-and-transition models (STMs) were conceived as a means to organize and communicate information about ecosystem changes and how to manage them. Information within STMs applies to ecological land classes, such as ecological sites, that possess similar vegetation states. The value of STMs for rangeland managers is in fostering a general understanding of how rangelands function and respond to management actions, thereby leading to more efficient and effective allocation of management efforts.  STMs can play an important role in most steps of conservation planning.

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DOI10.1016/j.rala.2016.10.001