Assessing the impacts of military vehicle traffic on natural areas. Introduction to the special issue and review of the relevant military vehicle impact literature

Alan B. Anderson, Antonio J. Palazzo, Paul D. Ayers, Jeffrey S. Fehmi, Sally Shoop, Patricia Sullivan

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Abstract

The American Society of Agronomy A-2 Division, Military Land Use and Management, and the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems cosponsored a symposium titled "Assessing the Impacts of Military Vehicle Traffic on Natural Areas". The symposium was held in Denver, CO on 4 November 2003. The objectives of this symposium were to characterize the types of environmental impacts associated with off-road vehicle use at varying spatial scales, to characterize common study approaches used to quantify vehicle impacts, and to identify knowledge gaps that limit the use of study results in decision-making. A series of papers originating from the symposium characterize the range of impact studies frequently conducted on military installations and the application of study results to typical land management, decision-making processes. This paper summarizes the relationships between these studies, integrates the studies into a larger impact analysis framework, and identifies knowledge gaps that limit application of study results in decision-making processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Terramechanics
Volume42
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mobility analysis
  • Off-road
  • Soil
  • Trafficability
  • Vegetation
  • Vehicle impacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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