The picture above is an image of the 3-dimensional model of an industrial dry-heating and drying facility in the US, a new model of which is being created by the University of Washington in partnership with the National Park Service and the Washington State Department of Ecology.
The model is the culmination of several years of research that led to the creation of a 3-d model of the plant in the park.
The researchers, who include UW faculty members and graduate students, hope to create the model as a resource for future studies.
The models are part of the park’s National Wetland Inventory (NWI), which helps scientists understand the conditions that can affect wetlands in the United States.
The UW model has a 3D view of a typical industrial dry heat-and-drying facility, and the model is being made publicly available for use by researchers to study the effects of these conditions.
The models allow scientists to determine the effects a particular type of climate has on plants and how these changes can affect plants.
“The more we know about the plants, the more we can understand what kinds of things we need to do to help our plants survive and thrive,” said Jennifer Smith, a UW research associate in the UW College of Natural Resources, in a press release.
“We hope this model will help scientists understand how we can mitigate climate change and ensure our forests and natural systems thrive.”
The models are made of wood, plastic, and other materials and are used to help determine how much carbon dioxide and other pollutants are released during the processes that make industrial drying possible.
In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2016, Smith and her colleagues used the models to calculate how much greenhouse gas a particular wood and plastic product emits.
“The results are stunning,” Smith said in the press release, “and we have a chance to learn a lot about how we might manage our forests, how to manage our natural resources, and how we could make a difference for the future of our forests.”
The model’s scale and location help researchers identify which trees are best suited to different types of drying processes, including the process used by the Seattle-based Wood Alliance, which processes wood into various products like lumber, boards, and furniture.
This allows them to determine which plants are best able to withstand the conditions needed to dry wood.
In addition to understanding the types of processes and the effects on plant survival, the model also helps researchers understand the interactions between the different types and species of wood.
The model also has other uses, including a possible future application in the fields of climate change research, agriculture, and forestry.
The forest model is just one of many available online for researchers to explore, Smith said.
The project was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
For more about the UW model, visit: http://www.washington.edu/drying/washington-plant-forest-model.html#.