Computer-based approach for teaching multiresource management: a decision support system to aid student understanding

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Abstract

In 1971, Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry implemented a radical new program for teaching integrated resource management. An inter-disciplinary, team-teaching approach was used based on systems analysis. This approach utilised a computerised decision support system (DSS) to simulate various forest management activities. It generated and solved a linear programming matrix based on simulation results and described output conditions expected from implementing the linear programming solution. This article describes the use of DSS in general, and TEAMS (Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling System) in particular to teach multi-resource management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The paper defines what TEAMS is; TEAMS in teaching; the value of TEAMS; and its career relevance. The TEAMS system currently operational at Northern Arizona University is used for southwestern ponderosa pine. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume87
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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