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Implementing tree growth models as forest management tools

Project Leader
Hasenauer Hubert, Project Leader
Duration:
01.01.2001-31.01.2004
Programme:
QoL - Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources (FP5)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute, Horsholm, Denmark.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, Tapada da Ajuda, 1399 Lisboa Codex, Portugal.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Waldwachstumskunde, Am Hochanger 13, D-85354 Freising, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF), Kifissia, Greece.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Niedersächsische Forstliche Versuchsanstalt, Graetzelstraße 2, D-37079 Göttingen, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forestry, P.O.Box 111, FIN-80101 Joensuu, Finland.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University Zvolen, Masarykova 24, CZ-96001 Zvolen, Slovakia.
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator

Further information: http://www.boku.ac.at/itm

Staff
Sterba Hubert, Project Staff
Berger Roland, Project Staff (bis 31.10.2012)
Ledermann Thomas, Project Staff
Pietsch Stephan, Project Staff
Kindermann Georg, Project Staff (bis 31.12.2007)
Kreuzer Norbert, Project Staff
Hallenbarter Dionys, Project Staff (bis 31.12.2004)
Petritsch Richard, Project Staff (bis 15.09.2011)
Kittenberger Alexander, Project Staff (bis 31.05.2006)
Spitzbart Gerhard, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2004)
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Institute of Forest Growth
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
In Europe there is a strong movement toward uneven-aged forest management based on the general understanding that uneven-aged mixed species stands increase or at least maintain soil fertility, increase biodiversity and improve stand resilience reducing there susceptibility to physical and/or biotic disturbances. The shift from even-aged forest management renders existing yield tables increasingly unreliable. One possibility to forecast yields for uneven-aged mixed-species stands is to develop stand growth models that operate at the individual tree level. Such individual tree growth models have been developed mainly to study stand development in uneven-aged mixed-species stands. Although tree growth models have reached a certain level of developmental maturity, there are still some theoretical areas requiring more research. However, with the majority of model development complete, the time is near for modelers to focus on identifying user related needs and testing the models ability to meet user needs. The objectives of this project are to identify missing research needs and demonstrate that individual tree growth models are a viable alternative for enhancing silvicultural decision making as well as sustainable forest resource management.
Keywords
forestry; silviculture;
tree models; harvesting; close-to-nature forestry; scenarios; forest regeneration;
Publications

** Sterba, H., Ledermann, T. Inventory and modelling for forests in transition from even-aged to uneven-aged management.

Forest Ecology and Management, 224, 278-285 WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Ledermann, T., Sterba, H. (2006): Evaluating Management Regimes and Their Impact on Commercial Timber Supply Using an Individual-Tree Growth Model and Scenario Analysis.

In: Hasenauer, H., Sustainable Forest Management, Growth Models for Europe, 195-210; Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg; ISBN ISBN-13 978-3-540-26

Pretzsch, H., Biber, P., Dursky, J., von Gadow, K., Hasenauer, H., Kändler, G., Kenk, G., Kublin, E., Nagel, J., Pukkala, T., Skovsgaard, J.P., Sodtke, R., Sterba, H. (2006): Standardizing and Categorizing Tree Growth Models.

In: Hasenauer, H., Sustainable Forest Management, Growth Models for Europe, 39-57; Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg; ISBN ISBN-13 978-3-540-26

Sterba, H., Vospernik, S., Söderbergh, I., Ledermann, T. (2006): Harvesting Rules and Modules for Predicting Commercial Timber Assortments.

In: Hasenauer, H.,, Sustainable Forest Management, Growth Models for Europe, 111-130; Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg; ISBN ISBN-13 978-3-540-26

Ledermann, T. (2001): Programmdokumentation und standardisierte Beschreibung des Waldwachstumssimulators PROGNAUS..

Bericht im Rahmen der DG Forschung, EC (5. RP, Quality of Life and Management of Living Ressources)

Hasenauer, H. (2001): Methoden zur nachhaltigen Nutzung im ungleichaltrigen Mischwald..

In Moser, A. (Ed.): Beiträge zur Österreichischen Forsttagung 2001, 23-29. Institut für Alpine Naturgefahren und Forstliches Ingenieurwesen, Univ. Bodenkultur Wien, 4-7 Juli 2001. Wien

Vorträge

Sterba, H., Ledermann, T. (2004): Inventory and Modelling for Forests in Transition from even-aged to uneven-aged management.

Transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry in a Changing Environment, 4-6 Sept. 2004, Bangor, UK

Hasenauer, H., Kindermann, G. (2001): Regeneration assessment and height growth in uneven-aged mixed species stands..

IUFRO Conference on Uneven-aged Silviculture, 24-30.9. Zürich, Switzerland

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