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Jelena Vukomanovic

Assistant Professor

NC State University

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management


I study human dimensions of landscape change and ecosystem services. I develops participatory research methods using landscape simulation and visualization to explore the complex roles played by sense of place, human decisions, and landscape characteristics in natural resource challenges, such as exurban growth.

Area(s) of Expertise

Current research interests include:
a) co-production of knowledge through mapping of natural and cultural values and land-change/urbanization modeling in coastal areas. Participatory modeling efforts include novel approaches that include sea-level rise and relocation of existing coastal development.
b) developing geospatial analytics for fire and natural resource management in parks and protected areas, including modeling fire and ecosystem processes, forecasting development along park boundaries, and building decision support systems.
c) energy equity, energy poverty and resilience of at-risk populations under climate extremes.
d) visual quality of landscapes and the visual connections between observers and their viewscapes.