SmartScape Allows Users to Make Hypothetical Changes to Agricultural Landscapes
Attaining sustainable landscapes is not an easy endeavor in the modern world. To make the process of envisioning sustainable agricultural landscapes a little less daunting, the University of Wisconsin-Madison created SmartScape, a web-based application that allows users to make hypothetical changes to agricultural landscapes, and see what effect these changes have on a variety of important goods and services. Using a browser, users select different places on the landscape using a simple query tool and enact transformations on selected land, such as converting row-crop agriculture into grasslands. Outcomes are returned to the user’s browser to visualize the environmental and economic outcomes of the land-use transformations. Scenarios can be evaluated within seconds, greatly enhancing the stakeholder’s decision-making processes.
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