Special Issue "The 24th IUFRO World Congress: Session 118 Providing Ecosystem Services under Climate Change: Community of Practice of Forest Decision Support Systems"


A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 November 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr Harald Vacik
Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Website: http://www.wabo.boku.ac.at/vacik.html
E-Mail: harald.vacik@boku.ac.at
Interests: sustainable forest management, decision support systems, biodiversity, silviculture

Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jose Borges
Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
E-Mail: joseborges@isa.utl.pt

Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo
Forest Research Centre, School of Agriculture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
E-Mail: jordigarcia@isa.utl.pt

Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ljusk-Ola Eriksson
Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Umea, Sweden
E-Mail: Ljusk.Ola.Eriksson@slu.se

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue in Forests will provide an overview regarding how Decision Support Systems (DSS) are currently designed and applied for the sustained provision of ecosystem services within the context of climate change. The issue will include overviews on models, methods, techniques, and frameworks. With populations and economies growing worldwide, the demands on forest resources increase, and sustaining the supply of ecosystem services becomes crucial. Through growing public participation in decisions regarding the management of natural resources, new demands have emerged for tools that support our understanding of environmental issues, and for the development and evaluation of alternative management options; there is a desire to project the consequences of different courses of action. Decision Support Systems (DSS) have been proven to solve such ill-structured decision problems by integrating database management systems with analytical and operational research models, thus providing various reporting capabilities. Several case studies will focus on ill-structured decision problems, on the development and evaluation of alternative management options, and on projecting the consequences of different courses of action, so as to support our understanding of environmental issues.

Dr. Harald Vacik
Guest Editor


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Special Issue Flyer

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  • decision support systems
  • ecosystem services
  • climate change
  • models
  • tools
  • case studies

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Forests 2014, 5(12), 3222-3240; doi:10.3390/f5123222
Received: 3 November 2014; in revised form: 2 December 2014 / Accepted: 5 December 2014 / Published: 15 December 2014
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Last update: 5 November 2013

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