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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 599; doi:10.3390/su9040599

Decision Support Tools and Strategies to Simulate Forest Landscape Evolutions Integrating Forest Owner Behaviour: A Review from the Case Studies of the European Project, INTEGRAL

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Atlantic European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute—EFIATLANTIC, Cestas 33610, France
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Forest Research Centre, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisbon, Portugal
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Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CEMFOR-CTFC), Ctra. de St. Llorenç de Morunys, km 2, 25280 Solsona, Spain
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Department of Forest Management and Geodesy, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, Zvolen 960 53, Slovakia
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Department of Forest Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 1176, 165 21 Prague 6—Suchdol, Czech Republic
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Department of Economics and Management of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, Zvolen 960 53, Slovakia
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Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 49, 23053 Alnarp, Sweden
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Laboratory of Forest Geomatics (geoLAB), Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via S. Bonaventura 13, I-50145 Firenze, Italy
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Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio (DiBT), Università degli Studi del Molise, Contrada Fonte Lappone, I-86090 Pesche, Italy
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Chair of Forest Yield Science, Technische Universität München, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Germany
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School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine, Belfield Dublin 4, Ireland
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Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-Forestali, Università di Padova, Agripolis, v.le dell’Università 16, I-35020 Legnaro, Italy
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University of Forestry, 10 Kliment Ohridski blvd., 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Wageningen University and Research, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Institute of Forest Management and Wood Science, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Studentu 11, LT-53361 Akademija, Lithuania
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 16 December 2016 / Revised: 31 March 2017 / Accepted: 7 April 2017 / Published: 13 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decision Support for Forest Ecosystem Management Sustainability)
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Abstract

For forest sustainability and vulnerability assessment, the landscape scale is considered to be more and more relevant as the stand level approaches its known limitations. This review, which describes the main forest landscape simulation tools used in the 20 European case studies of the European project “Future-oriented integrated management of European forest landscapes” (INTEGRAL), gives an update on existing decision support tools to run landscape simulation from Mediterranean to boreal ecosystems. The main growth models and software available in Europe are described, and the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches are discussed. Trades-offs between input efforts and output are illustrated. Recommendations for the selection of a forest landscape simulator are given. The paper concludes by describing the need to have tools that are able to cope with climate change and the need to build more robust indicators for assessment of forest landscape sustainability and vulnerability. View Full-Text
Keywords: decision support system; forest landscape; indicators; sustainability; wood resource; risk evaluation; storm; fire; diseases; forest management; forest owner behaviour decision support system; forest landscape; indicators; sustainability; wood resource; risk evaluation; storm; fire; diseases; forest management; forest owner behaviour
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Orazio, C.; Cordero Montoya, R.; Régolini, M.; Borges, J.G.; Garcia-Gonzalo, J.; Barreiro, S.; Botequim, B.; Marques, S.; Sedmák, R.; Smreček, R.; Brodrechtová, Y.; Brukas, V.; Chirici, G.; Marchetti, M.; Moshammer, R.; Biber, P.; Corrigan, E.; Eriksson, L.O.; Favero, M.; Galev, E.; Hengeveld, G.M.; Kavaliauskas, M.; Mozgeris, G.; Navrátil, R.; Nieuwenhuis, M.; Paligorov, I.; Pettenella, D.; Stanislovaitis, A.; Tomé, M.; Trubins, R.; Tuček, J.; Vizzarri, M.; Wallin, I.; Pretzsch, H.; Sallnäs, O. Decision Support Tools and Strategies to Simulate Forest Landscape Evolutions Integrating Forest Owner Behaviour: A Review from the Case Studies of the European Project, INTEGRAL. Sustainability 2017, 9, 599.

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