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Modelling Forest Development

  • Klaus Von Gadow
  • Gangying Hui

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Klaus Von Gadow, Gangying Hui
    Pages 1-14
  3. Klaus Von Gadow, Gangying Hui
    Pages 15-25
  4. Klaus Von Gadow, Gangying Hui
    Pages 26-60
  5. Klaus Von Gadow, Gangying Hui
    Pages 61-128
  6. Klaus Von Gadow, Gangying Hui
    Pages 129-179
  7. Klaus Von Gadow, Gangying Hui
    Pages 181-189
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-213

About this book

Introduction

In an lUlffianaged woodland, forest development follows a succession of periods of undisturbed natural growth, interrupted by intermediate loss or damage of trees caused by fire or wind or other natural hazards. In a managed woodland, the most important periodic disturbances are the thinning operations, which are often carried out at regular intervals and which usually have a significant effect on the future evolution of the resource. Thus, a realistic model of forest development includes both natural growth and thinnings. The key to successful timber management is a proper understanding of growth processes, and one of the objectives of modelling forest development is to provide the tools that enable foresters to compare alternative silvicultural treatments. Foresters need to be able to anticipate the consequences of a particular thinning operation. In most cases, total timber volume is not a very appropriate measure for quantifying growth or yields, or changes caused by thinning operations. Yield in economic terms is defined by the dimensions and quality attributes of the harvestable logs, and estimating timber products is a central issue of production-oriented growth and yield research. Introduction 2 Growth modelling is also an essential prerequisite for evaluating the consequences of a particular management action on the future development of an important natural resource, such as a woodland ecosystem.

Keywords

ecosystem evolution forest growth wind

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Von Gadow
    • 1
  • Gangying Hui
    • 2
  1. 1.GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Academy of Forest SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-4816-0
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0276-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4816-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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