LANDVIZ Tool for Visualizing LANDIS outputs

View the Project on GitHub LANDIS-II-Foundation/LANDVIZ

What is LandViz?

LandViz is a visualization tool that allows researchers or managers to quickly and easily view LANDIS-II outputs. This visualization tool is an easy-to-use software that allows researchers, managers or non-modelers to conduct visual comparisons of model output. The user activates a website link (generated by the modeler, see below) to use the Viz Tool. The tool allows the user to select the attributes of interest and to display them. Multiple attributes (or scenarios) can be displayed in tiled windows that have synchronized pan, zoom and animation of time series. This is particularly useful for viewing multiple maps at one time and synchronizing their scale and colors. The tool can also be used to create charts to assess the temporal trends. With only two clicks, any parameter of interest can be viewed over time as a simple graph.

Prior to using the Viz Tool, the modeler runs LANDIS-II (or any model that provides compatible data) to generate text or raster outputs. Then the modeler runs a pre-processing tool (PreProc Tool) that automatically sets tool defaults (e.g. projection, landscape extent, resolution, etc.) and creates a link (i.e. website) for the Viz Tool.

This visualization tool was developed with colleagues Johannes Liem and Helen Jenny at Oregon State University.

View Example HERE

Release Notes


LandViz is not specific to LANDIS-II. It is a generic tool for displaying map data provided that correctly formatted data and metadata are provided.


Example Files

Example files can be downloaded from GitHub.


Gustafson, Eric; Lucash, Melissa; Liem, Johannes; Jenny, Helen; Scheller, Rob; Barrett, Kelly, Brian Sturtevant. 2016. Seeing the future impacts of climate change and forest management: a landscape visualization system for forest managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-164. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 18 p.


If you have a question, please contact Robert Scheller. You can also ask for help in the LANDIS-II users group.

If you come across any issue or suspected bug, please post about it in the issue section of the Github repository (GitHub ID required).


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