Project properties

Title Individual increment functions for douglas fir
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 27-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: J (Jan) den Ouden
Other organisation: ing. René Olthof, Kroondomein Het Loo
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren
Contact info
Begin date 2017/03/01
End date
Description Kroondomein Het Loo (a large forest estate near Apeldoorn) and the FEM group recently established two marteloscopes in douglas fir stands. Marteloscopes are forests especially designed for doing exercises in forest management. All trees are registered and measured previously, so results of the excercises can be immediately calculated in terms of volume and basal area harvested etc. In order to be able to calculate the effects of the interventions, a model needs to be developed that estimates the growth of remaining individual trees after thinning. This model needs to be implemented in the software used to calculate results of thinning exercise.
In this project, you will develop such individual tree growth models based on collected increment data from stands of douglas fir with a known thinning history and from the database collected in the 2013 Dutch Forest Inventory, and implement this in the software used for the Marteloscopes.

Population and forest dynamics/ Sustainable forest management / Ecosystem services / Tree ring analyses and wood anatomy / Modelling /The Netherlands/
Temperate zone/

Used skills Forest inventory and tree growth sampling
Tree ring analysis and growth reconstruction
Tree and growth modelling
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management;
REG-31806 Ecological Methods I;