GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Missouri

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

Dr. Hong He’s Lab is conducting research using the LANDIS PRO forest landscape model to study the effects of climate change, harvest, wildfire, prescribed fire, exotic species encroachment, insect and disease, and wind storms on forest composition and tree distribution. This is part of the larger Central Hardwoods Framework Project. LANDIS PRO is a forest landscape model, a new model based on over a decade of development and testing of the original LANDIS model.  In LANDIS PRO, forest succession and dynamics are simulated by incorporating species-level, stand-level, and landscape-level processes. The new model can estimate tree density and basal area by size class and by species for all forest sites on a modeled landscape.  This makes the model highly compatible with FIA data. The model can be directly initialized from FIA data as well as calibrated and validated using FIA data. The model has been applied to a 10,000×10,000 pixel map. At 90 m resolution, the model can simulate multiple states (e.g., Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana) in one simulation. For more information about LANDIS PRO visit

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

Dr. He’s research area focuses on landscape ecology (spatial ecology) and geographic information sciences (GIS). Issues of biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem management increasingly need to be addressed at large spatial and temporal scales. Dr. He’s research in landscape ecology puts ecological questions in large spatial and temporal contexts. In geographic information sciences, Dr. He explores new technological advances to help process and analyze large spatial data sets. The science and technology he endeavors to advance will help to solve problems of planning, management, conservation, and restoration at landscape and regional scales. Dr. He’s research objectives are to integrate spatial modeling and geographical information systems to study landscape/regional response to various natural and social factors over large spatial and temporal domains.


Dr. He has collaborated with scientists from other universities and research institutions in U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, particularly with scientists in U.S.F.S. Northern Research Station Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes Unit, Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies, and Center for Research on Ecosystem Change.