Canadian Forest Service Publications

Spatial-temporal analysis of mountain pine beetle infestations to characterize pattern, risk, and spread at the landscape level. 2004. Nelson, T.A.; Boots, B.; Wulder, M.A. Pages 164-173 in T.L. Shore, J.E. Brooks, and J.E. Stone, editors. Mountain Pine Beetle Symposium: Challenges and Solutions, October 30-31, 2003, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Information Report BC-X-399. 298 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25046

Language: English

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An understanding of spatial processes is necessary when modelling and predicting mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) behaviour. The recent availability of large area, mountain pine beetle data sets enables new approaches to studying spatial processes of infestations. Our goal is to explore observed, landscape level, spatial and spatial-temporal patterns of mountain pine beetle infestations using data collected by the Morice Forest District. A better understanding of mountain pine beetle spatial behaviour will be obtained by: investigating the nature of error and information content of the data and improving data visualization; exploring spatial and spatial-temporal patterns in observed data; comparing observed spatial patterns with modeled expectations to identify areas with unexpected patterns; and exploring the landscape characteristics of areas that are statistically different from our expectation of mountain pine beetle behaviour. We provide an introduction to our project by presenting the objectives, methods, and some preliminary results.