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Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

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R. Maxwell Baber, Ph.D.
Philip Munger, Ph.D.


The natural fire cycle in the Great Basin area of Nevada has shortened from every 50 to 60 years to 3 to 5 years, putting many natural ecosystems and occupied lands in danger. The spreading phenomenon of the invasive annual brome will be investigated to quantify this fire risk. It is renowned for its invasive nature, flammability, and the detrimental effects it has on native annual and perennial grasses. Based on vegetation classifications and dispersal characteristics, the rules for an agent-based model will be used to simulate the future extents. Agent Analyst software in conjunction with ArcGIS will integrate simulation results into a web-enabled decision support system for land managers

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Integrating an Agent-Based Model into a Web-Enabled Annual Brome Land Management System (Poster)


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