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Modeling Italian forests: state of the art and future challenges

G Vacchiano (1)   , F Magnani (2), A Collalti (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 5, Issue 3, Pages 113-120 (2012)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0614-005
Published: Jun 05, 2012 - Copyright © 2012 SISEF

Review Papers


This review is a follow-up to the first meeting of the Forest modeling working group (FMWG) of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF), held in December 2009. 18 talks were delivered to an audience of 40 researchers. We review the state of the art of forest ecosystem modeling in Italy, highlight findings from Italian research groups, and summarize relevant issues. Developing on the discussion session of the meeting, we indicate current research gaps and future challenges for modelers, forest ecologists and foresters alike, with a special emphasis on model validation, data availability, and communication between researchers and managers.

  Keywords


Forest Models, Forest Inventory, SISEF, Ecological Modeling, Carbon Balance

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(1)
G Vacchiano
Department of Agriculture, Silviculture and Land Management, Università di Torino, v. L. da Vinci 44, I-10095 Grugliasco (TO - Italy)
(2)
F Magnani
Department of Fruit Tree and Woody Plant Science, Università di Bologna, v.le Fanin 46, I-40127 Bologna (Italy)
(3)
A Collalti
Impacts on Agriculture, Forest and Natural Ecosystem division (IAFENT), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, v. Augusto Imperatore 16, I-73100 Lecce (Italy)

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Vacchiano G, Magnani F, Collalti A (2012). Modeling Italian forests: state of the art and future challenges. iForest 5: 113-120. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0614-005

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Accepted: Apr 10, 2012

First online: Jun 05, 2012
Publication Date: Jun 29, 2012
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