913339 Modelling of mountain forest ecosystems

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Leiter, Mathias , Hasenauer, Hubert , Pucher, Christoph , Lexer, Manfred Josef , Neumann, Mathias
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


The role of models in the decision making process; different modeling concepts (growth and yield models, vegetation dynamics models, static distribution models, biogeochemical models, physiological models); strengths and weaknesses of modeling approaches/model variants; selecting appropriate modeling approaches for specific situations; model evaluation approaches; application examples and active use of existing models.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic computer skills are needed

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Forest ecosystem models are designed to reproduce, quantify and describe forest ecosystem processes and to support forest management decisions. Conflicting interests such as simplicity, observability and biological realism must be addressed to ensure a well balanced modeling approach. Depending on the background of the model developer and the subject matter of interest, three major modeling concepts have been developed and successfully applied within forest ecosystem modeling: (1) Management models, (2) Succession models and (3) Biogeochemical models (BGC-Models). The objective of this class is to introduce the different concepts, explain the main components, address advantages and disadvantages in assessing specific end-user needs and perform simulation examples using existing models.
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