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The past and future of modeling forest dynamics: from growth and yield curves to forest landscape models

Authors:

Stephen Shifley

Hong He

Heike Lischke

Wen Wang

Wenchi Jin

Eric Gustafson

Jonathan Thompson

Frank Thompson

William Dijak

Jian Yang

Publication Type:
Journal Article
Year of Publication:
2017
Secondary Title:
Landscape Ecology
ISSN:
0921-2973
DOI:
10.1007/s10980-017-0540-9
Pages:
1307-1325
Volume:
32
Year:
2017
Date:
Jan-07-2017
URL:
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10980-017-0540-9

Abstract

 

Quantitative models of forest dynamics have followed a progression toward methods with increased detail, complexity, and spatial extent. We highlight milestones in the development of forest dynamics models and identify future research and application opportunities. We reviewed milestones in the evolution of forest dynamics models from the 1930s to the present with emphasis on forest growth and yield models and forest landscape models We combined past trends with emerging issues to identify future needs.