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The staff of the Chair of Forest Yield Science of the Technische Universität München deals with the growth processes of the single-tree in the context of the whole eco-system forest. In the course of the network of experimental plots set up at the chair over one hundred years ago, data of single-trees are ascertained. In further work steps these data are evaluated and described statistically. Using this data ascertained over long time periods they tempt to explain complicated growth processes with help of mathematical models. These mathematical models which represent abstracted threads in the life of a forest are arranged to a complex system which illustrates all important events in the life of a forest in form of a modern and easy-to-use computer program. The forest growth simulator Silva is thus not only a research instrument but a universal tool for people that have biological and economical interest in forest. The chair also sees itself as a link between society and its interest in the forest and the understanding of the growth processes in the forest. The knowledge worked out at the chair is of benefit to the society, by the fact that it is passed on in teaching, by trainings, in lectures and in cooperation with practice.

Knowledge interest of forest growth research

The knowledge interest of the forest growth research is, to quantitatively assess the growth processes and the structures of single-trees and stands and to explain them regarding to time, site conditions, economic measures and biotic or abiotic interference factors. The aim is the uncovering of growth legitimacies and their utilization for forest economic and environment political decisions.

Main emphases in long-term work

  1. Maintenance of the net of yield sample plots with over 1000 plots in Bavaria
    (methods of plot layout, plot acquisition and experiment control)
  2. Modeling forest growth
  3. Diagnosis of growth reactions to disturbing influences
  4. Analysis and control of the forest growth in other climatic zones

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