Special Issue "Recent Advances in Wood Harvesting, Timber Logistics and Road Planning"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 1717
Interests: digitalization; advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS); sensor technologies; forest operations; logistics; energy efficiency; greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Our global megatrends and operational challenges drive us to operate more efficiently and sustainably. There are currently several comprehensive ongoing research, development and innovation (RDI) studies which introduce the possibilities of improving the cost, energy-efficiency and quality in wood harvesting operations, long-distance transport and forest road planning. For instance, research scientists have upgraded the trafficability forecasts of forest stands by applying remote sensing, weather data and machine learning, or they have utilized multi-sensor technology and deep-learning algorithms to predict and monitor the condition of gravel forest roads for planning timber transports. Moreover, there are interesting studies on automation and teleoperation in forests and on the roads and mill yards of forest industries. Further, the latest topographic and geotechnical data have been utilized in the planning and construction of optimal networks of forest roads. In summary, digitalization with novel multi-source data and artificial intelligence gives us epic opportunities to overcome our challenges and design and build more workable, transparent and leaner processes in the value chain of forest industries.
This Special Issue of Forests seeks RDI papers which depict and report the recent advances in wood harvesting, timber logistics and forest road planning related to the issues of efficiency, biodiversity, costs, added economic value, quality, safety, and the well-being of personnel in daily work in wood supply processes and systems. In addition, I would like to encourage you to submit state-of-the-art papers and technical review papers which highlight the new major themes of our future RDI agenda in the value chain of forest industries to this Special Issue of Forests.
Prof. Dr. Kalle Kärhä
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- multi-source data
- artificial intelligence
- decision support systems (DSS)
- wood supply chain
- forest operations
- long-distance transport
- forest roads