Considering Uncertainty in Forest Management Planning, 4.5 credits

Last changed: 17 October 2022

Time: 30 January to 3 March 2023, hybrid.

First week 30 January to 3 February will be in person in Umeå, Sweden.

The rest of the course 6 February to 3 March, will be online: 14.00-16.00 (CET)

Considering uncertainty in forest planning is crucial, allowing for the assessment and mitigation of risk. The nature of forest management planning occurs at various scales, from stand to landscape to national. Generally, long-term forest-wide objectives related to economical, societal, and ecological benefits need to be achieved, but at the same time, it is critical to incorporate detailed stand-level information to define more realistic management options.

In addition, many other factors affect the forest growth, and the future state of the forest, such as forest damage. All these intrinsic characteristics of forest planning increase the sources of uncertainty and make the decision process more complex. The objective of the course is to introduce and provide basic knowledge of the methods used in forest management planning to account for uncertainty. This includes approaches to assess the diverse sources of uncertainty and the potential methods to deal with it in optimization problems.

The course provides basic knowledge and approaches to implement methods for solving forest management problems incorporating uncertainty and a theoretical foundation on techniques to solve these problems. The structure of the course consists of six modules taught by international experts on these topics and a variety of guest lectures and case studies with an emphasis on the effect of disturbances and the impact of other potential forest damage.

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Geir Löe, International Officer
Division of Educational Affairs