4.03.03 - Information management and information technologies



Special Issue on Decision Support to Address Multiple Ecosystem Services in Forest Management Planning

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO Unit 4.04.04—Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling, IUFRO Unit 4.03—Informatics, Modelling, and Statistics and IUFRO Unit 4.03.03. Information management and information technologies) is sponsoring this Special Issue of Forests (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests).

We welcome the submission of manuscripts for publication in this Forests special issue (SI). This SI aims at contributing to our understanding of how we can enhance forest management planning, in integrating a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) and assuring a sustainable supply (e.g. products and services listed in the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment). We welcome manuscripts that focus on 1) models to help forest managers check the impact of management options on the provision of ES, 2) methods to help forest managers develop plans targeting the supply of ES, 3) methods to help forest managers analyze tradeoffs between a multitude of ES, 4) methods to help forest managers assess the sensitivity of the supply of ecosystem services to uncertain parameters, 5) multiple criteria decision support systems and 6) approaches to map the demand for ES and the quality and quantity of ES supply.  Papers submitted for publication in this Special Issue will undergo a rigorous peer review process with the aim of prompt and wide dissemination of research results and applications.

More information at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/Decision_Support_to_Ecosystem_Services

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Harald Vacik, Austria


Jan Kaspar, Czech Republic

About Unit

Unit 4.03.03 discusses and collaborates in the design, development and implementation of decision support tools, information systems, and knowledge-bases to support sustainable forest management.

State of Knowledge

Development of decision support tools to support the adaptation of forest management in response to climate change.

Integrating environmental, economic and social issues within transparent, consistent and repeatable assessment tools to support social inclusion within the implementation of forest policy.

Integrating landscape ecology theory of functional habitat networks into regional structure plans for sustainable development.