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Computer-based tools for supporting forest management

the experience and the expertise world-wide

Borges, Jose G and Nordström, Eva -Maria and Garcia Gonzalo, Jordi and Hujala, Teppo and Trasobares, Antonio, eds. (2014). Computer-based tools for supporting forest management. Umeå: (S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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Computer-based tools for supporting forest management. The experience and the expertise world-wide answers a call from both the research and the professional communities for a synthesis of current knowledge about the use of computerized tools in forest management planning. According to the aims of the Forest Management Decision Support Systems (FORSYS) (http://fp0804.emu.ee/) this synthesis is a critical success factor to develop a comprehensive quality reference for forest management decision support systems.

The emphasis of the book is on identifying and assessing the support provided by computerized tools to enhance forest management planning in real-world contexts. The book thus identifies the management planning problems that prevail world-wide to discuss the architecture and the components of the tools used to address them. Of importance is the report of architecture approaches, models and methods, knowledge management and participatory planning techniques used to address specific management planning problems. We think that this synthesis may provide effective support to research and outreach activities that focus on the development of forest management decision support systems. It may contribute further to support forest managers when defining the requirements for a tool that best meets their needs.

The first chapter of the book provides an introduction to the use of decision support systems in the forest sector and lays out the FORSYS framework for reporting the experience and expertise acquired in each country. Emphasis is on the FORSYS ontology to facilitate the sharing of experiences needed to characterize and evaluate the use of computerized tools when addressing forest management planning problems. The twenty six country reports share a structure designed to underline a problem-centric focus. Specifically, they all start with the identification of the management planning problems that are prevalent in the country and they move on to the characterization and assessment of the computerized tools used to address them.
The reports were led by researchers with background and expertise in areas that range from ecological modeling to forest modeling, management planning and information and communication technology development. They benefited from the input provided by forest practitioners and by organizations that are responsible for developing and implementing forest management plans. A conclusions chapter highlights the success of bringing together such a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.

This book benefited from voluntary contributions by 94 authors and from the involvement of several forest stakeholders from twenty six countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia over a three-year period. We, the chair of FORSYS and the editorial committee of the publication, acknowledge and thank for the valuable contributions from all authors, editors, stakeholders and FORSYS actors involved in this project.

Editors:Borges, Jose G and Nordström, Eva -Maria and Garcia Gonzalo, Jordi and Hujala, Teppo and Trasobares, Antonio
Title:Computer-based tools for supporting forest management
Subtitle:the experience and the expertise world-wide
Year of publishing :29 June 2014
Number of Pages:503
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Dept of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-9236-8
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-9237-5
Language:English
Additional Information:The following funders have supported writing of this publication: (1) EU FP7: Cost (European Cooperation in Science) and (2) EU FP7: Marie Curie project ForEAdapt
Publication Type:Report
Refereed:Yes
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:tools, forest management, computer applications
Keywords:decision support tools, forest mangement, DSS
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2066
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2066
ID Code:11417
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
External funders:EU FP7
Deposited By: Ylva Jonsson
Deposited On:25 Aug 2014 09:56
Metadata Last Modified:01 Apr 2015 07:44
Project info:
Name:Forest management decision support systems
Acronym:FORSYS
Programme:COST

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