Decision Support

Monitoring, Reporting, and Forecasting Ecological Conditions of Appalachian Trail

Authored by: Yeqiao Wang

Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138333918
eBook ISBN: 9780429445651
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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Decision Support System (DSS), or A.T.-DSS, is an Internet-based implementation and dissemination toolset accessible at The design of the A.T.-DSS was to facilitate decision support for management of the A.T. with the monitoring, reporting, and forecasting capacity from remote sensing-based Earth observations and geospatial modeling. It was also designed to provide a means to convey meaningful information to the American public. A.T.-DSS includes quick access to useful information to support natural resource management and decision-making; to enhance situational awareness and spatial context of the A.T. lands; to improve ability to communicate the status of A.T. environment and natural resources; and to improve conservation of biodiversity by habitat assessment modeling, evaluation of forest conditions, and identification of areas of concern.

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