Forests: Elements of Silvology

  • Roelof A. A. Oldeman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Introductory Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Forest Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
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  4. Forest Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 567-624

About this book


Silvology is the general science of forest ecosystems, without the usual division between Man and Nature. This systematic treatment of forests intends to integrate and harmonize existing approaches with the help of systems modeling in a hierarchy of close system levels, according to criteria of biological architecture, biomass production and species composition. Scientists and practitioners will appreciate this synoptic treatment of forests and their ecology, allowing the balance of holistic and reductionist viewpoints, and the placement of phenomena and techniques. Topics covered include: - introduction of the methods, - sections on forest organisms, - a special chapter on trees, - eco-units, i.e. forest ecosystems developing after some zero-event like fire, storm or waterlogging, - silvatic mosaics built by the eco-units of different size, architecture and species composition, - a summary of silvological rules determining system's behaviour at every level, e.g. fragmentation and fusion, transfer of functions, irreversibility and process oscillation.


Wald biomass ecology ecosystem forest logging Ökosysteme

Authors and affiliations

  • Roelof A. A. Oldeman
    • 1
  1. 1.WageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75213-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75211-7
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