Transnational Accesses

Alt-For models (Alterra)

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The TNA holder has indicated that this infrastructure would remain accessible also after the Trees4Future end-of-project, however the applicant would have to bear costs.

Potential users are invited to enquire directly with the site manager for agreement on accessibility and related costs.

Type of facility: A suite of models for simulating forest development at different scales

Keywords: simulation, models, modelling, process-based model, forest storm damage, individual tree model, forest stand simulation, forest carbon model herbivory, forest landscape model, climate change, forest management, carbon accounting, ForGEM, Forest Genetics Model, FORSPACE, CO2FIX

Who would find this useful? Forest-based research community, forest managers, forest owners, non-forest research communities (eg plant science, agriculture, land use, climate change, environment, “omics”, economics, society, green chemistry, bioenergy, etc.), international organisations, NGOs, certification agencies.

"The TA programme provided me with a platform to strengthen my research on forest carbon modelling. It was a very fruitful experience."

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FORGEM output

(Image: Alterra. Forgem output for a floodplain forest)

About the facility: With AltFor Alterra provides access to a suite of forest development models that can support in answering questions related to forest development from gene to landscape. The models in AltFor are: ForGEM: a process-based individual tree model with genetic interactions and wind effects, CO2FIX: a stand-scale forest carbon model including financial, carbon accounting and bioenergy modules, FORSPACE: a forest landscape model including the effect of herbivory and fire.

How much carbon can my forest sequester? Which species and management are most effective in carbon sequestration? How do climate change and management influence the genetic composition of a stand? How can new genetic material most effectively be introduced in a stand? What are the financial consequences of managing forest for carbon storage? What is the effect of the introduction of grazers in a forest landscape?

With AltFor Alterra provides access to a suite of forest development models that can support in answering these questions. The models in AltFor are:

  • ForGEM: a process-based individual tree model with genetic interactions and wind effects
  • CO2FIX: a stand-scale forest carbon model including financial, carbon accounting and bioenergy modules
  • FORSPACE: a forest landscape model including the effect of herbivory and fire

What does the TA programme offer? The access to these models is supported by an experienced team of researchers, including the developers of the models. Access can include training at Alterra in model use, covering all stages from data preparation to analysis of model outcome, development of additional modules and support in usage of the models. The extent to which this is done in Wageningen depends on the researcher's skills and data complexity.

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Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

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