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Assessing the visual impact of agroforestry management with landscape design software

Auclair D., Barczi J.F., Borne F., Etienne M.. 2001. Landscape Research, 26 (4) : p. 397-406.

In a case study in the Cévennes (France), various agroforestry management options have been simulated with the AMAP landscape design and visualization software. The terrain was described through a digital elevation model. Information concerning the farm structure was integrated in a geographic information system. The AMAP database provides accurate 3-dimensional plant architectural models, built according to the botanical concepts developed by the Montpellier Institute of Botany. Individual tree computer mock-ups were computed for each species present, at the desired ages, in order to simulate landscape evolution with time. Images of the scene were computed and observed on the screen from several virtual viewpoints. Several management options have been tested and visualized, providing a basis for discussion between partners concerning spatial organization, such as the layout of forest and agricultural plots. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : système d'information géographique; aide à la décision; système de culture; anatomie végétale; port de la plante; modèle de simulation; impact sur l'environnement; logiciel; paysage; agroforesterie; france; architecture végétale

Thématique : Méthodes mathématiques et statistiques; Systèmes et modes de culture; Anatomie et morphologie des plantes

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