The Forest Modelling Group is an informal unit of collaboration, at the Department of Forest Sciences, of researchers involved in modelling eco-physiological processes and growth of trees and stands. The objectives of the research group are (1) to develop theories and models of tree function, structure, and growth, and (2) to apply these to questions relevant to forest management under changing environmental conditions and alternative management objectives. The work employs a wide range of advanced mathematical, computational and numerical methods and is carried out in close collaboration with empirical scientists and users of the results.
Applications of the models to specific questions include predictions of timber yield and quality, growth of heterogeneous stands, large-scale effects of climate and weather on productivity, and a visual stand simulator for research and teaching (PuMe). The models have been utilised in economic analyses of forest management options, contributing to the national recommendations of good forest management practice (Tapio 2006).