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Forest-management modelling

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Twery, Mark J.; Weiskittel, Aaron R.

Year Published

2013

Publication

In: Wainwright, John; Mulligan, Mark, eds. Environmental modelling: finding simplicity in complexity. Second edition. Chapter 13 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: 379-397.

Abstract

Forests are complex and dynamic ecosystems comprising individual trees that can vary in both size and species. In comparison to other organisms, trees are relatively long lived (40-2000 years), quite plastic in terms of their morphology and ecological niche, and adapted to a wide variety of habitats, which can make predicting their behaviour exceedingly difficult. Forests are widely managed for a variety of objectives including biodiversity, wildlife habitat, products, and recreation. Consequently, forest managers need tools that can aid them during the decision-making process. The objective of this chapter is to explore various modelling approaches used for forest management, provide a brief description of some example models, explore the ways that they have been used to aid the decision-making process, and make suggestions for future improvements.

Citation

Twery, Mark J.; Weiskittel, Aaron R. 2013. Forest-management modelling. In: Wainwright, John; Mulligan, Mark, eds. Environmental modelling: finding simplicity in complexity. Second edition. Chapter 13 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: 379-397.

Last updated on: May 10, 2013