Habitat fragmentation, forest management practices, invasive species, climate change — these are some of the challenges facing the planet’s terrestrial ecosystems.
ESSA provides terrestrial resource managers with flexible and adaptive decision making tools to deal with the complexity and uncertainty inherent in managing terrestrial ecosystems. These techniques include the development of conceptual and simulation models and tools, workshop and technical meeting facilitation, data analysis, experimental design/decision analysis, research planning, policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring programs, as well as communication and training.
ESSA’s terrestrial ecosystem sciences team has many years of experience in the design, development, and application of terrestrial ecosystem models at scales ranging from the individual organism to nationwide models. These models help to understand and manage ecosystem dynamics and resource management actions that can affect terrestrial habitat structure and composition; and which in turn influence wildlife habitat, biodiversity, invasive species, forest health, hydrology, biogeochemical cycles and grazing systems.
Our team combines resource management expertise in the areas of wildlife biology, forestry, fisheries, range management, invasive species, ecology, mathematics, computer science and wood science. Many of our reports are published in the peer-reviewed literature.
- Conceptual Models to Support Monitoring of Biodiversity in the Oil Sands area of Northern Alberta
- A risk management framework for migratory birds in Canada
- Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Communities in Northwest B.C.
- Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
- Mountain Pine Beetle, Western Root Disease and Dwarf Mistletoe: extensions for FVS/Prognosis