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Research at the Department is focused on multilateral cooperation combining expertise from our many research groups. This gives unique possibilities for creating holistic solutions for the sustainable use of natural resources. The Department's research is conducted within the different subject areas as well as environmental monitoring.

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Forest Remote Sensing

In the Forest remote sensing field, we work with all sensors and sensor platforms that are of relevance to forestry and assessment of vegetation. Common sensors are digital cameras, laser scanners and imaging radar. Platforms include aircraft and satellites, but also photos from drones or from sensors that view the forest from the ground that might be stationary, or manually carried or carried by vehicles.

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Forest Inventory and Sampling

This subject area includes field-based forest and landscape inventory, as well as development of cost-effective inventory systems that use several different data sources.

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Forest Planning

Forest planning deals with decision making concerning the future development of the forest. When, where and how will silviculture and harvesting be applied on a forest holding or in a landscape in order to achieve the objectives of the forest management? 

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Mathematical Statistics Applied to Forest Sciences

This subject area is concerned with research on mathematical and statistical methods for effectively describing and modelling characteristics and traits related to organisms and life processes that are part of forest ecosystems and forest landscapes.

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Landscape Studies

The subject area includes descriptions and analyses of the current state as well as change processes occurring at both the local and landscape level, within the ecosystem and communities where sustainability is of issue.

Published: 19 January 2024 - Page editor: emma.sandstrom@slu.se

Contacts at the Department of Forest Resource Management

Head of Department: Hans Petersson, hans.petersson@slu.se, +46 (0)90-786 8501
Assistant Head of Department: Dianne Wästerlund, dianne.wasterlund@slu.se, 090-786 8450

Postal address: Department of Forest Resource Management, SE-901 83, Sweden
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden

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