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Forest modelling for sustainable forest management

The course will deal with forest models and concepts needed for an in-depth understanding of forest production and climate-adapted sustainable forest management. The teaching is done through lectures, seminars, individual assignments, group work, exercises, and field excursions that deal with the following topics related to forest models and their implementation:

  • Experimental design and establishment of survey plots

  • Dependent variables, e.g., basal area, volume, biomass, and carbon

  • Forest regeneration

  • Allocation of growth

  • Spacing, competition and mortality

  • Stand structure and its effect on growth

  • Site variables and their variation on different scales

  • Weather and climate data application when analysing experiments and in growth models

  • Mechanistic and empirical growth models

Exercises, group work, and individual assignments will consist of literature studies, analysis, and problem-solving of theoretical and practical questions with the help of statistical data processing and simulation tools.

Individual and group assignments, seminars and field excursions are compulsory.

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SG0276-20096 - Course evaluation report

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Academic year 2022/2023

Forest modelling for sustainable forest management (SG0276-20114)

2022-11-01 - 2022-12-01

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Appia Mensah A., Holmström E., Petersson H., Nyström K., Mason EG., Nilsson U. 2021. Forest Ecology and Management 481.

Appia Mensah A., Petersson H., Dahlgren J., Elfving B. 2023. Taller and slenderer trees in Swedish forests according to data from the National Forest Inventory. Forest Ecology and Management. 527.

Battaglia M., Sands PJ. 1997. Process-based forest productivity modela and their application in forest management. Forest Ecology and Management. 102.

Elfving, B. 2010. Growth modelling in the Heureka system. SLU-Faculty of Forestry. Stencil.

Fridman J., Holm S., Nilsson M., Nilsson P., Ringvall AH., Ståhl G. 2014. Adapting Ntional Forest Inventories to changing requirements – the case of the Swedish National Forest Inventory at the turn of the 20th century. Silva Fennica.

Garcia O. 1993. Stand growth models: Theory and practice. Advancement in Forest Inventory and Forest Management Sciences - Proceedings of the IUFRO Seoul Conference (pp.22-45).

Goude M., Nilsson U., Holmström E. 2019. Comparing direct and indirect leaf area measurements for Scots pine and Norway spruce plantations in Sweden. European Journal of Forest Research.

Goude M., Nilsson U., Mason E., Vico G. 2022. Comparing basal area growth models for Norway spruce and Scots pine dominated stands. Silva Fennica 56.

Landsberg JJ., Waring RH. 1997. A generalized model of forest productivity using simplified concepts of radiation-use efficiency, carbon balance and partitioning. Forest Ecology and Management. 95.

Mason EG., Methol R., Cochrane H. 2011. Hybrid mensorational and physiological modelling of growth and yield of Pinus radiata D. Don. using potentially useable radiation sums. Forestry. 84.

Mohren GMJ., Burkhart HE. 1994. Contrasts between biologically-based process models and management-oriented growth and yield. Forest Ecology and Management. 69.

Siipilehto J., Allen M., Nilsson U., Brunner A., Huuskonen S., Haikarainen S., Subramaninan N., Anton-Fernandez C., Holmström E., Andreassen K., Hynynen J., 2020. Stand-level mortality models for Nordic boreal forests. Silva Fennica 54.

Twery MJ. 2004. Modelling in Forest management. In: Wainwright, John; Mulligan, Mark, eds. Environmental modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity. London, John Wiley & Sons.

Vanclay JK. 1994. Modelling Forest Growth and Yield. CAB International, Wallingford UK.

Vanclay JK. 2011. Modelling continuous cover forests. In Pukkala T., von Gadow K. eds. Continuous cover forestry. Springer.

Weiskittel AR., Hann DW., Kershaw JA., Vanclay JK. Forest growth and yield modeling. 2011. Wiley-Blackwell.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester - Master's Programme Forest Science - Master's Programme Forest Management - Bachelor's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Forest science
Course code: SG0276 Application code: SLU-20096 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%