Computer simulation modeling of recreation use: Current status, case studies, and future directions

Suzanne Cable, Kerri Cahill, David N. Cole, Randy Gimblett, Jeffrey C. Hallo, Marilyn Hof, Robert M. Itami, Ann Mayo Kiely, Steven R. Lawson, Robert E. Manning, Peter Newman, William A. Valliere, Mark E. Vande Kamp, Jan W. Van Wagtendonk, Benjamin Wang

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This report compiles information about recent progress in the application of computer simulation modeling to planning and management of recreation use, particularly in parks and wilderness. Early modeling efforts are described in a chapter that provides an historical perspective. Another chapter provides an overview of modeling options, common data input requirements, and useful model outputs. The bulk of the report consists of case studies that illustrate a broad array of recreational situations and management applications for simulation modeling. A final chapter describes some future directions for modeling work. Although simulation of recreation use is already a tool for planning and management, its utility could be greatly enhanced with further work in software development, increased understanding of appropriate methodologies, and greater attention to model verification and validation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-81
Number of pages81
JournalUSDA Forest Service - General Technical Report RMRS-GTR
Issue number143 RMRS-GTR
StatePublished - Sep 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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