Landscape Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 343–356

Using normative scenarios in landscape ecology

  • Joan Iverson Nassauer
  • Robert C. Corry

DOI: 10.1023/

Cite this article as:
Iverson Nassauer, J. & Corry, R.C. Landscape Ecol (2004) 19: 343. doi:10.1023/


The normative landscape scenario is one of many types of scenario methods that are used by landscape ecologists. We describe how normative landscape scenarios are different from other types and how these differences create special potential for engaging science to build landscape policy and for exploring scientific questions in realistic simulated landscapes. We describe criteria and a method for generating normative scenarios to realize this potential in both policy and landscape ecology research. Finally, we describe how the method and criteria apply to an interdisciplinary project that proposed alternative scenarios for federal agricultural policy and related futures for agricultural watersheds in Iowa, USA.

AgricultureFuturesInterdisciplinaryLandscape changePlanningPolicyScenarios

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Iverson Nassauer
    • 1
  • Robert C. Corry
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Natural Resources and EnvironmentUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.School of Environmental Design & Rural DevelopmentUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada