iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry


“Models of tree and stand dynamics”: a differential journey through forest modelling

Gina Marano (1), Alessio Collalti (2-3)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 152-153 (2020)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0061-013
Published: Apr 16, 2020 - Copyright © 2020 SISEF

Book Reviews

Models of trees and stands exist since many decades, what nowadays has changed is our focus towards integrated forest ecosystem functioning. Managing forests in the 21st century requires efforts that go beyond empiricism. Annikki Mäkelä and Harry T. Valentine’s new book “Models of tree and stand dynamics” (Springer Nature, Cham, 2020) shows the state-of-art for knowledge applied within forest models with useful practical applications. It is a textbook for graduates and scientists interested in process-based models of stand dynamics, growth and forest management. Models represent valuable tools for tackling issues like ecosystem carbon sequestration, helping us understand the economic implications of silvicultural interventions and providing insights on the impacts of climate change on forests. The textbook is a compendium of applied research that non-pure mathematicians can understand, interiorize and take advantage of for getting precious knowledge on forest functioning.


Forest Modelling, Carbon Balance, Forest Management, Climate Change, Forest Ecology

Authors’ address

Gina Marano 0000-0003-2600-984X
Department of Agriculture, University of Napoli Federico II, v. Università 100, I-80055 Portici, Naples (Italy)
Alessio Collalti 0000-0002-4980-8487
Institute for Agriculture and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFOM), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), I-87036 Rende, CS (Italy)
Alessio Collalti 0000-0002-4980-8487
Department of Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest Systems, University of Tuscia, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy)

Corresponding author

Alessio Collalti


Marano G, Collalti A (2020). “Models of tree and stand dynamics”: a differential journey through forest modelling. iForest 13: 152-153. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0061-013

Academic Editor

Gabriele Bucci

Paper history

Received: Apr 06, 2020
Accepted: Apr 13, 2020

First online: Apr 16, 2020
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2020
Publication Time: 0.10 months

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