4.04.04 - Sustainable forest management scheduling

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2021-07-20

Special Issue of Land: Call for Manuscript Submission

Special Issue: "Decision Support Systems (DSS) for the Analysis of Pathways that Optimize Ecosystem Services Provision"

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Land.

Mixed conifer forests are found throughout the temperate zones on a variety of landscapes in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Like most mixed species forests, mixed conifer forests exist because different species coexist in a temporal or spatial pattern. Particularly in mountainous regions, mixed conifer forests are highly heterogeneous and can vary over a short distance. Mixed species assemblages can be either seral or stable, developing under patterns of one or more disturbances or developing under a fairly specific edaphic and climatic regime. Depending on the severity of expected anthropogenic climate change effects, these assemblages may face novel conditions that upset the competitive balances that historically existed. This Special Issue will present research and operational monitoring results at scales ranging from the level of individual tree group or stand up to landscape processes. We welcome studies on (1) basic physiology and stand dynamics and (2) operational treatments and impacts that provide evidence of influences on forest resiliency and productivity. This Special Issue is sponsored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Unit 4.04.04 - Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021
Guest editors: Ljusk Ola Eriksson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; José G. Borges, University of Lisbon; Harald Vacik,  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Details:    https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/ecosystem_services_provision

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Coordinator:

Jose G. Borges, Portugal

Deputies:

Eva-Maria Nordström, Sweden

Luiz Carlos Rodriguez, Brazil

Thomas Seifert, South Africa

About Unit

Unit 4.04.04 focuses on the development and application of new methods and tools for efficiently and effectively managing forests. An objective of this unit is to facilitate interaction, dissemination and exchange of new models, methods and technological innovations to address sustainable forest management scheduling through workshops, conferences, and publications.


State of Knowledge

Forests serve a multitude of functions and addressing so many different goals to satisfy the needs of forest owners, the forest industry, and society poses a considerable challenge for forest managers. Sustainable forest ecosystem management scheduling involves complex decision-making processes that cannot be addressed by empirical methods only, but requires advanced decision-support tools. Research and development in the past 30 years have enabled substantial changes in the practice of forest management. There is a wide experience of developing and applying management science approaches and computerized decision-support tools for sustainable forest management.

Key to further innovation and success of sustainable forest management scheduling is the development and dissemination of research that may target hot topics such as a) the architecture and implementation of decision support systems (DSS), b) the models and methods to support decision-making in DSS, c) the knowledge management techniques in DSS and d) the participatory processes to be supported by DSS.

This will be influential to innovation in several processes within sustainable forest management scheduling namely:  (1) operational, tactical and strategic forest management decision analysis, (2) assessment and analysis of forestry projects, (3) economic and environmental impact assessment of forestry projects and programs, (4) decision analysis as a forest policy tool, (5) participatory forest resources decision making and collaborative planning, (6) methodologies for regional and national forestland use planning and (7) the development of both undergraduate and graduate level forest resources management and economics courses.


Activities and events Unit 4.04.04

Upcoming event

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2021-08-08
2021-08-11
19th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR 2021)Estes Park, Colorado, United States

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