PhD title: Regeneration and early growth models for MOSES_GB
Continuous Cover Forestry is an alternative management approach widely suggested in the UK Forestry Standard and in the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme, likely to result in uneven aged, mixed species forests. Traditional growth models based on even-aged, single species stands cannot be used to simulate their development.
MOSES_GB is a new distance-independent individual tree growth model product of the ongoing activity of the Forest Research Agency. It has been developed from MOSES (MOdelling Stand rESponses), model produced by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. MOSES_GB has been calibrated for Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) but it still lacks the necessary sub-models for regeneration and early growth stages. The main aim of the project is to develop and test such sub-models for Sitka spruce and if possible to other relevant species.
I am particularly interesting in evaluating the growth response of seedlings according to the light availability under canopy, measured with different hemispherical photography techniques.
Read more on: Forestry Commission UK website