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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The Working Party deals with the analysis and modelling of spatial woodland structure. It specifically recognizes that all data in forestry have a spatial as well as a temporal nature. Structure in this context is a fundamental notion referring to patterns and relationships within a more or less well-defined system.
Biological processes not only leave traces in the form of spatial patterns, but the spatial structure of a forest ecosystem also determines to a large degree the properties of the system as a whole. Forest management influences the spatial pattern of tree size, spatial mingling of tree species and natural regeneration. Forest structure affects a range of properties, including total biomass productions, biodiversity and habitat functions, and thus the quality of ecosystem services.
The Working Party draws on concepts from point process statistics, geostatistics and random set statistics and explicitly seeks cooperation with other research fields outside forestry and operates at the boundary between forestry, quantitative ecology and biometrics.
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