Landscape Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 343-356

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Using normative scenarios in landscape ecology

  • Joan Iverson NassauerAffiliated withSchool of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
  • , Robert C. CorryAffiliated withSchool of Natural Resources and Environment, University of MichiganSchool of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph

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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.

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