StandWise can perhaps best be described with the words Start Here! StandWise is a perfect starting point for those who want to learn more about Heureka. StandWise uses the same underlying models as the other central programme applications to show a stand’s development and production based on user defined forest management measures. The software is fully interactive which enables the user to define specific scenarios and analyze the results. The user can step either forwards or backwards in time using different forest management operations and examine the results.
The results are presented for every 5 year period in the form of a new status for the stand, timber production and economy all of which can be represented by hundreds of different variables. Even other ecosystem services such as the stands suitability for recreation and the amount of carbon stored can be studied. The forest management operations which can currently be simulated are:
- Regeneration (planting, sown or natural regeneration; with or without soil scarification)
- Thinning (with or without removal for forest fuel)
- Regeneration felling (with or without removal for forest fuel; with or without seed trees or shelter trees left)
- Continuous cover forest management
Even different types of environmental management can be simulated, for example, retention forestry (buffer zones and groups of trees) or retention trees. The analyses are undertaken at the stand level where a stand can be defined as a sample plot. The analysis results are shown as tables and diagrams and even as the popular 2-D and 3-D visualizations. After using StandWise for a few users will quickly appreciate the advantages associated with the predefined forest management scenarios within RegWise and perhaps even more the automatic generation of management programs (for multiple stands) within PlanWise.