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Forests 2015, 6(1), 163-182;

Decision Support Systems (DSS) Optimal—A Case Study from the Czech Republic

Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, Praha 6 Suchdol 165 21, Czech Republic
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Academic Editor: Harald Vacik
Received: 7 November 2014 / Accepted: 24 December 2014 / Published: 8 January 2015
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Forest managers have traditionally planned harvests using their expert knowledge. This applies mainly to the spatial distribution of harvest units. The amount of timber to be harvested is regulated by market demand. In addition to forest managers’ expert knowledge, there is a set of rules, which can be automatized. Computerized harvest planning will lead not only to saving time of forest managers, but it will also enable them to explore various scenarios in a matter of minutes. We introduce Optimal—GIS tool for spatial and temporal decisions of harvest scheduling. Optimal allows creating new harvest units, which reflects the forestry act and/or forest managers’ requirements. Optimal includes necessary tools for automatic controlling of harvest unit parameters. It allows alternative harvest scheduling, while taking into account different constraints. Optimal is a decision Support System designed and applied for clear-cut and shelterwood silvicultural systems with respect to the environmental and economic constraints. View Full-Text
Keywords: harvest scheduling; model; decision support systems (DSS) harvest scheduling; model; decision support systems (DSS)

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Marušák, R.; Kašpar, J.; Vopěnka, P. Decision Support Systems (DSS) Optimal—A Case Study from the Czech Republic. Forests 2015, 6, 163-182.

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