The AKVEG Map - An integrated statewide approach to mapping vegetation in Alaska at high resolution
Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee meeting with Matt Macander (ABR Inc) and Aaron Wells (AECOM and AKGSC).
Effective fire and natural resource management, as well as research and conservation, often depend on maps that characterize spatial patterns of plant community composition and structure. Following a new quantitative approach, we are developing a holistic, statewide framework to consistently map vegetation at high resolution and with best-possible accuracy for ecologically specific units. The AKVEG Map consists of multiple interrelated components: during this webinar, we focus on time-series maps of plant functional type (PFT) continuous abundances, point-in-time maps of species and species aggregate continuous abundances, and prototype examples of a vegetation type map derived from the continuous components. Because the federal standard for vegetation map classifications relates to the U.S. National Vegetation Classification (USNVC) and USNVC is an emerging system for Alaska, the discussion may also include plans for comprehensive revision of USNVC. In combination, products from the AKVEG Map have potential to improve future vegetation-related fire modeling datasets for Alaska.
The AKVEG Map webinar is intended to provide an open forum for discussion on all aspects of the AKVEG Map, including USNVC revisions. Please review previous presentations introducing the AKVEG Map (link to AKVEG presentation) and the time-series PFT maps (link to PFT presentation) to provide necessary context for discussion.
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