Silviculture - the science of forest stand management
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Academic year 2022/2023
2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21
Academic year 2021/2022
2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23
Syllabus and other information
SG0272 Silviculture - the science of forest stand management, 15.0 CreditsSilviculture - the science of forest stand management
SubjectsForest Science Biology
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeThe equivalent of 120 credits at basic level including
- 60 credits in Forest science or
- 60 credits in Forest management or
- 60 credits in Biology or
- 60 credits in Soil science or
- 60 credits in Environmental sciences or
- 60 credits in Natural resource management or
- 60 credits in Natural geography
The overall aim of this course is to provide the foundations for evaluating how established and emerging silvicultural practices affect forest growth development, stand structure, and ecosystem services at the tree and stand level. The course provides students with experimental and analytical tools for predictions of current and future stand conditions and tree responses. The course will also foster critical reading of silvicultural and ecological literature and writing of scientific texts.
After completion of the course, the students will be able to
explain and apply the ecological and silvicultural principles underlying tree and stand development over time—including the role of site characteristics, self-thinning, resource competition, resource dynamics, light-use efficiency, and respiration at tree- and stand-levels and how silvicultural practices govern stand development under contrasting environmental conditions
analyse and project the consequences of silvicultural measures and their impacts on tree/forest growth, soils, and energy and water balances
design silvicultural field experiments, simulations and sampling strategies to test fundamental scientific questions and hypotheses, analyse data using state-of-the-art software and statistical methods
evaluate the scientific basis for established and emerging silvicultural practices such as mixed species silviculture, continuous cover forestry, agroforestry, and uneven-aged forest management
search, critically evaluate, and synthesise relevant scientific literature on ongoing discussions in silviculture and forest management
apply recognized principles for effective communication, considering varying audiences and formats. (e.g., research reports, oral presentations, posters).
This course focuses on the evaluation of established and emerging silvicultural options for obtaining forest yield and ecosystem services under various scenarios. The students will practice a range of quantitative methods of analysis, experiments, silvicultural planning tools, and modelling. This will include a mix of lectures, use of field data, and analytical exercises. The students will also participate actively in literature seminars, synthesize scientific literature and lead discussions and debates at seminars. Seminars are compulsory.
Lectures and course literature will cover, for example
future silviculture challenges and opportunities: perspectives from small forest owners, companies, conservation organisations and the government
silviculture for carbon sequestration
nitrogen issues affecting forest stand development and management
continuous cover and mixed species forests
tree and stand dynamics
models as framework for forest stand management and science
experimental approaches; analysis of forest structure, tree diversity, tree physiology; and silvicultural modelling and simulation.
The students work in small groups on projects, which will form the basis of assessment. The projects cover and deepen the different aspects of the course, and have a quantitative and experimental component. The students will submit assignments in the format of scientific reports and present their findings orally.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Approved written assignments and oral presentations. Completed compulsory activities.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationThis course is given within the Masters Program in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management.
SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.
Department of Forest ecology and Management
Pretzsch H, 2009 Forest Dynamics, Growth and Yield, chap. 2, 6, 10 and 11 (Will provide on request)
Landsberg, J. and P. Sands. 2011. Physiological ecology of forest production: principles, processes and models. Terrestrial Ecology. Elsevier Chap. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 (Will provide on request)
Pommerening, A. 2023. Continuous Cover Forestry: Theories, Concepts, and Implementation. Access for SLU students and staff: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/slub-ebooks/detail.action?