Simulation Modeling for Guiding Management of Transportation and Recreation in Parks and on Public Lands: Building Foundational Expertise

The goal of this project is to build foundational research expertise in integrated land use and transportation modeling for tourism travel and outdoor recreation. Transportation and recreation are inherently connected and complex systems. Transportation behaviors, like walking and driving, are often done for recreation. In providing access to and mobility within recreation settings, transportation networks serve as recreational facilities and are influential elements of settings' carrying capacities and qualities. Simulation modeling has been a productive tool for understanding transportation and recreation complexity. Borrowing from the transportation field, outdoor recreation researchers have applied simulation models to park and public land management. Advances in simulation modeling for transportation integrate spatial data with microsimulation in ways that may replicate recreation behavior and systems substantially better than previous models. Such simulation models can be effective and necessary management tools in the face of intense visitor use and resource protection pressures. The University of Vermont's Park Studies Laboratory (PSL) and Applied Trails Research (ATR) propose a collaborative and integrated program of research to build foundational expertise in simulation modeling for parks and public lands. By developing demonstration and case study models, the PSL and ATR will further the application of simulation modeling to satisfy demand for transportation and recreation management.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100877.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Aultman-Hall, Lisa

  • Performing Organizations:

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Manning, Robert

  • Start Date: 20120401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29883

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566199
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: UVM Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0018, 026966
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2015 1:01AM