The Landscape Toolbox Multi-scale Information Framework

The Landscape Toolbox is built around an integrated framework for organizing, synthesizing and applying our growing knowledge of ecosystems to facilitate development of flexible, multi-objective assessment, monitoring, and management systems for arid and semi-arid environments. As opposed to an ad hoc management system driven mostly by expert knowledge and experience, a framework organizes available methods and technologies around our best understanding of an ecosystem to identify the kinds of information needed to answer management questions and the best suite of tools and methods to obtain it.

A major emphasis in this framework is the concept of scale and how it impacts data collection, analysis, inference, and ultimately management decisions. Different ecological processes occur at different scales and thus our system must be equiped to identify relevant scales making it easier to select appropriate tools and methods.

The framework is not so much a series of steps to answer a question as there is no real beginning or end. The framework is a system of components that are continually interacting with each other and feeding one another to incrementally improve our understanding of the ecological process we are investigating. For example, it seems to take ample research, monitoring, and assessment to determine at what scales we should be monitoring and assessing ecological processes.

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To learn much more about the Multi-Scale Information Framework, please read the following papers:

Case Studies

The Landscape Toolbox project was developed around a series of case studies that implemented different aspects of the multi-scale framework. Visit our Case Studies page for more information.