The NED-2 forest ecosystem management DSS
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NED-2 is an intelligent, modular, multi-agent, goal-driven decision support system for forest ecosystem management in cooperative development by the USDA Forest Service and the University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence Center. It offers land managers access to diverse decision support tools through a single user interface. NED-2 currently incorporates the following types of tools: data management; treatment prescriptions; growth and yield models; management models for visual quality, ecology, forest health, timber, water, and wildlife resources; and tabular, hypertext, visualization, and geographic information system (GIS) reporting. It is an open system designed for easy interoperability with third-party models and programs. This paper addresses the incorporation of two new modules into NED-2. The integration of a wildfire risk management model for the Southern United States is described as well as the integration of ESRI ArcView GIS for graphic reporting and spatial analysis.