Canadian Forest Service Publications

Decision support systems. 2006. Shore, T.L.; Riel, W.G.; Safranyik, L.; Fall, A. Pages 193-230 (Chapter 8) in L. Safranyik and W.R. Wilson, editors. The mountain pine beetle: a synthesis of biology, management, and impacts on lodgepole pine. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia. 304 p.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26046

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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Given the complexity and large number of issues facing forest managers, computerized decision support systems are valuable tools for decision makers. Decision support systems can: provide support for planning, provide rationale for the allocation of scarce resources, allow the exploration of “what if” scenarios, and provide the ability to compare effects of different management strategies. When forest management must consider mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopk. [Coleoptera: Scolytidae]), susceptibility and risk rating systems and simulation models are key components of decision support. This chapter reviews mountain pine beetle susceptibility and risk rating systems as well as several different approaches to simulation modelling with a specific focus on products developed and employed as decision support tools in western Canada.