This Forest Simulation Aids Assessments of Climate Change

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Feb 26, 2016
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A group of scientists and researchers at Washington State University have created a spectacularly realistic cyber forest simulation that is capable of growing highly realistic forests, as part of a simulated computer model that makes it possible to predict how events such as droughts and recurring wildfires can have an impact on the forests of North America.

This forest simulation allows for the creation of virtual forests over periods of a few weeks. The simulation includes vegetation scaled up to produce entire forests. Complex elements such as root systems and canopy coverings are taken into account.

Ultimately, this highly realistic cyber forest simulation can greatly expand scientists' understanding of the effects of climate change on forests, enabling them to better preserve and protect forested landscapes.