Landscape resilience can be thought of as a landscape's capacity to maintain its defining characteristics and functions, even while landscape change is ongoing. To assist planners and resource managers in understanding this ongoing change and allow them to incorporate landscape resilience and vulnerability into planning, NEMAC is supporting the U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the delivery of the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT), a tool to assess landscape dynamics based on satellite-observed vegetation change.
Landscapes are usually a complex mix of different kinds of land uses and vegetation types, aspects of the natural and built environments, and edges between various patch types. These characteristics are constantly changing as a result of both human and natural influences—potentially changing the ways in which people are able to benefit from the land’s natural productivity and conservation values.
With LanDAT, resource managers and planners should be able to measure and assess the changing capacities of landscapes to sustain important ecosystem services, taking into account land use change, climate variability, and other stressors.
Supporting Resource Managers and Planners
LanDAT can be used to support resource managers and planners as they identify opportunities for restoration and other conservation actions, help spatially model for species and resources of concern, help understand drivers of landscape change, and assist in the interpretation of the shifting landscape mosaic through a "systems" lens.
The concept of resilience helps to frame LanDAT’s efforts, allowing for a better understanding of how habitat change impacts the ecological services beneficial to people and their communities.
LanDAT launched in 2017.