NCEAS Project 2031

Propagation of ecological influences across landscape space

  • William A. Reiners

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Meeting16th—19th August 1997Participant List  

Abstract
Some of the most exciting and important advances in ecology today involve the extension of ecological principles and models across space. The science has moved from point models and 1D models, to 2D--and in aquatic systems--3D theoretical and mechanistic representations of ecological processes. Landscape ecology is a focal area for much of this activity but here, much of the focus is on abstract rather than explicit space, and on theoretical rather than realistically parameterized models of processes in explicit space. Receiving less emphasis, and of great promise for basic and applied purposes, is a focus on the interactions of ecosystem elements across explicit landscape space. Exception to this generality are spatially explicit population models which combine population simulators with data for particular landscapes. The purpose of this proposal is to promote a focus on spatially explicit modeling involving a wide range of ecological phenomena beyond populations.

This proposal outlines a conceptual framework for investigating and modeling the propagation of ecological influences across explicit landscape space. It proposes a joint project between NCEAS and NCGIA under the joint direction of the applicant (W.A. Reiners), F. Davis from NCEAS, and Michael Goodchild from NCGIA. The proposal is designed to draw a diverse group of participants into the collective development of a conceptual framework and case studies which will ultimately foster research and modeling by a broad community of diverse scientists on the propagation of ecological influences across explicit landscape scale space. Specific project goals are to produce a conceptual paper on the subject together with a book--either electronic or hard copy--describing methods and providing illustrative models for conceptualizing, modeling and simulating the transfer of cause and effect across landscapes.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Hiemstra, C. A.; Liston, G. E.; Reiners, William A. 2000. Wind redistribution of snow at treeline in the Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming. 4th International Conference on Integrating GIS and Environmental Modeling, September 2000. Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Presentations Liu, Shuguang; Reiners, William A.; Gerow, K.; Schimel, D. S.; Keller, Michael. 2000. Development of stochastic modeling systems using deterministic models and GIS: Principles and a case study in the Atlantic Zone of Costa Rica. GIS/Environmental Modeling Conference 4, September 2000. Banff, Alberta.
Report or White Paper Reiners, William A. 1998. Final Report: Propagation of Ecological Influences across Landscape Scales. (Online version)
Presentations Reiners, William A. 2000. Propagation of ecological influences through environmental space, August 2000. Ecological Society of America. Snowbird, UT.
Presentations Reiners, William A. 2000. Propagation of ecological influences through environmental space, Winter 2000. Davis Lab: Geography Department, University of California Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, California.
Presentations Reiners, William A. 2000. Propagation of ecological influences through environmental space, Winter 2000. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
Presentations Reiners, William A.; Liu, Shuguang; Waylen, P. R.; Gerow, K.; Keller, Michael; Schimel, D. S. 2000. Sensitivity of N2O and NO regional fluxes to ENSO in northeastern Costa Rica. 1998 Fall Meetings, American Geophys. Union. Abstract: EOS Supplement. San Francisco, CA. Pages 138.
Presentations Reiners, William A.; Polzer, P. L. 2000. Transport of energy, information and material through the biosphere. 85th Meeting Abstracts. Invited paper for symposium, August 2000. Ecological Society of America. Snowbird, UT. Pages 31.
Presentations Reiners, William A.; Driese, Kenneth L. 2001. Seeking better conceptualizations for integrating processes across heterogeneous domains. 86th Meeting Abstracts. Ecological Society of America. Madison, WI. Pages 32.
Journal Article Reiners, William A.; Driese, Kenneth L. 2001. The propagation of ecological influences through heterogeneous environmental space. BioScience. Vol: 51(11). Pages 939-950.
Journal Article Reiners, William A.; Liu, Shuguang; Gerow, K.; Keller, Michael; Schimel, D. S. 2002. Historical and future land use effects on N2O and NO emissions using an ensemble modeling approach: Costa Rica's Caribbean Lowlands as an example. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 16(4). Pages 223-240.
Journal Article Reiners, William A.; Driese, Kenneth L. 2003. Transport of energy, information, and material through the biosphere. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol: 28. Pages 107-135.
Book Chapter Reiners, William A. 2005. Reciprocal cause and effect between environmental heterogeneity and transport processes. Edited by Lovett, G. M.; Jones, C. G.; Turner, M. G.; Weathers, K. C.. Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes. Springer. New York.