StandsSIM-MD: a Management Driven forest SIMulator

StandsSIM-MD: a Management Driven forest SIMulator
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StandsSIM-MD: a Management Driven forest SIMulator

Aim of the study: The existing stand level forest simulators available in Portugal were not developed with the aim of including up-to-date model versions and were limited in terms of accounting for forest management. The simulators’ platform, sIMfLOR was recently created to implement different growt...

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Journal Title: Forest Systems
Main Author: Susana Barreiro
Other Authors: João Rua;
Margarida Tomé
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Language: English
Get full text: http://revistas.inia.es/index.php/fs/article/view/8916
Resource type: Journal article
Source: Forest Systems; Vol 25, No 2 (Year 2016).
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5424/fs/2016252-08916
Publisher: Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
Usage rights: Reconocimiento - NoComercial (by-nc)
Subjects: Sciences --> Environmental Sciences
Applied Sciences --> Forestry
Abstract: Aim of the study: The existing stand level forest simulators available in Portugal were not developed with the aim of including up-to-date model versions and were limited in terms of accounting for forest management. The simulators’ platform, sIMfLOR was recently created to implement different growth models with a common philosophy. The objective was developing one easily-updatable, user-friendly, forest management and climate change sensitive simulator capable of projecting growth for the main tree species in Portugal.Area of the study: Portugal.Material and methods: The new simulator was programmed in a modular form consisting of several modules. The growth module integrates different forest growth and yield models (empirical and process-based) for the main wood production tree species in Portugal (eucalypt, umbrella and maritime pines); whereas the management module drives the growth projections along the planning horizon according to a range of forest management approaches and climate (at present only available for eucalypt).Main results: The main result is the StandsSIM-MD Management Driven simulator that overcomes the limitations of the existing stand level simulators. It is a step forward when compared to the models currently available in the sIMfLOR platform covering more tree species, stand structures and stand compositions. It is focused on end-users and it is based on similar concepts regarding the generation of required inputs and generated outputs.Research highlights:-          Forest Management Driven simulations approach-          Multiple Prescriptions-Per-Stand functionality-          StandsSIM-MD can be used to support landowners decisions on stand forest management-          StandsSIM-MD simulations at regional level can be combined with optimization routinesKeywords: Forest simulator, Forest Management Approaches; StandsSIM-MD; forest management.