Special issue/Topical collection Archive

27 May 2020

Using forest gap models and experimental data to explore long-term effects of tree diversity on the productivity of mixed planted forests

Key message In this exploratory study, we show how combining the strength of tree diversity experiment with the long-term perspective offered by forest gap models allows testing the mixture yielding behavior across a full rotation period. Our
27 May 2020

How do social status and tree architecture influence radial growth, wood density and drought response in spontaneously established oak forests?

Key message During the past decades, a multitude of oak stands have spontaneously established across the pine-dominated landscapes of the French Landes de Gascogne. Yet their future performance under modern climate change is unknown. We show that
22 May 2020

Performances of different methods of estimating the diameter distribution based on simple stand structure variables in monospecific regular temperate European forests

Key message Using the three characteristic points of a forest stand, dg (mean quadratic diameter), dmin(diameter of the smallest tree) and dmax (diameter of the largest tree), appears informative enough to determine the parameters of the whole
5 May 2020

National scale variability in forest stand variables among regions of provenances in Spain

Key message An in-depth characterization of the forests of 10 dominant species by stand variables at national scale showed, that overall, stands growing in the southernmost regions of Spain display low regeneration. Otherwise, the relationships between stand
23 Apr 2020

Changes in forest landscape patterns resulting from recent afforestation in Europe (1990–2012): defragmentation of pre-existing forest versus new patch proliferation

Key message Recent afforestation in Europe might involve deep changes on landscape composition and configuration. We show that afforestation promotes defragmentation of pre-existing forests and new patch proliferation, in forest-dominated and non-forest-dominated landscapes respectively, while it is
17 Apr 2020

Predicting current and future suitable habitat and productivity for Atlantic populations of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Aiton) in Spain

Abstract Key message By combining inventory data and spatially-continuous environmental information, we were able to develop models for Atlantic populations of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Aiton) in Spain in order to predict suitable habitat and site index
2 Apr 2020

Density and diameter distributions of saplings in naturally regenerated and planted coniferous stands in Québec after various approaches of commercial thinning

Abstract Key Message A model describing species composition, density and diameter distribution of saplings was developed from operational inventory data. It could be used as an input into growth models calibrated exclusively with merchantable trees to correct
31 Mar 2020

Insect herbivory in novel Quercus ilex L. forests: the role of landscape attributes, forest composition and host traits

Abstract Key message Insect herbivory in novel Quercus ilex L. forests is a highly context- and scale-dependent process. We show that forest composition, tree height and fine-scale spatial location, as well as tree genetic relatedness and ontogeny,
30 Mar 2020

Modelling soil nitrogen mineralisation in semi-mature pine stands of South Africa to identify nutritional limitations and to predict potential responses to fertilisation

Abstract Key Message Estimates of available nitrogen (based on topsoil nitrogen mineralisation rates) in semi-mature stands of Pinus radiata (D Don.) as well as pure species and hybrids of Pinus elliottii (Engelm.) in South Africa display a
30 Mar 2020

Effects of diameter distribution errors on stand management decisions according to a simulated individual tree detection

Abstract Key Message Tree-level forest inventory data are becoming increasingly available, which motivates the use of these data for decision-making. However, airborne inventories carried out tree-by-tree typically include systematic errors, which can propagate to objective function variables