Simulating the carbon stocks and fluxes of tropical and temperate forests
Analyzing the carbon fluxes of a tropical forest in Tansania, Africa. We simulated biomass dynamics, forest productivity and carbon fluxes for a sub-montane forest at Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Publication: Simulating Carbon Stocks and Fluxes of an African Tropical Montane Forest with an Individual-Based Forest Model
We simulated with FORMIND the daily carbon fluxes for the forest site Hohes Holz in Germany, examining the influence of individual species and tree sizes on these fluxes.
Publication: Carbon sequestration in mixed deciduous forests: the influence of tree size and species composition derived from model experiments
Modelling the dynamics of tropical rainforests in Madagascar under climate change
Simulating the dynamics of lowland tropical forest in a changing world. Analyzing the impact of drought and logging on rainforest structure and dynamics.
Publication: Simulating the impacts of reduced rainfall on carbon stocks and net ecosystem exchange in a tropical forest
Publication: Simulating Forest Dynamics of Lowland Rainforests in Eastern Madagascar
Evaluating the impact of fire and selective logging on forest dynamics
FORMIND was extended by a fire module, which was used to investigate how long a tropical forest in Africa needs to recover after a fire event. Depending on which forest variable is considered, it is more than 100 years.
Publication: The long-term consequences of forest fires on the carbon fluxes of a tropical forest in Africa.
Analyzing the mid- and long-term impacts of different management intensities on the dynamic and structure of a species-rich tropical lowland forest of French Guiana. High selective logging intensities prolong the recovery times of ecosystem functions such as biomass and productivity.
Publication: Simulation of succession in a neotropical forest: High selective logging intensities prolong the recovery times of ecosystem functions.
A multi-scaled analysis of forest structure and sampling strategies
Consideration of scale is essential when examining structural relationships in forests. Sampling strategy also plays a critical role in estimating forest characteristics. The scale as well as the sampling are crucial to correctly assess biomass in forests.
Publication: A multi-scaled analysis of forest structure using individual-based modeling in a costa rican rainforest.
Publication: An analysis of forest biomass sampling strategies across scales.
Grouping of tree species for modelling species-rich forests
The challenge of considering the high species diversity of tropical forests in forest models is often addressed by grouping species into plant functional types (PFTs). However, the number of PFTs affect the predictions of forest productivity and other carbon fluxes derived from forest simulations.
Publication: Consequences of a Reduced Number of Plant Functional Types for the Simulation of Forest Productivity