Silva Fennica : quarterly issues : 35(1) : sa351085.htm

Paul C. Van Deusen. 2001.

Scheduling spatial arrangement and harvest simultaneously

Silva Fennica 35(1): 85–92

A method based on the Metropolis algorithm is developed for creating desirable spatial configurations on the landscape while simultaneously dealing with other objectives commonly associated with harvest scheduling. Spatial configurations are loosely specified and stochastically attained, which contrasts with other adjacency constraints based on specific block size limits. This method makes it possible to improve habitat and connectivity, and to create buffer zones as part of the scheduling process. It also works with a mapped set of polygons/forest stands and does not require a gridded system.

Keywords
Metropolis algorithm, simulated annealing, adjacency constraints

Addresses
NCASIS, Northeast Regional Center, 600 Suffolk Street, Fifth Floor, Lowell, MA 01854, USA. E-mail pvandeusen@ncasi.org

Received 5 September 2000 Accepted 9 January 2001
ISSN 0037-5330

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