Regeneration and early growth models for coniferous species under Continuous Cover Forestry in the UK
Continuous Cover Forestry is an alternative management approach widely suggested in the UK Forestry Standard and in the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme, which is likely to result in uneven aged, mixed species forests. Traditional growth models prepared for even-aged, single species stands cannot be used any more 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, which can be used in CCF managed stands. It is being developed from MOSES (MOdelling Stand rESponses), a model produced by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria.
The main aim of my research is to develop and test regeneration models for Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and other conifers (such as Pseudotsuga menziesii and Tsuga heterophylla) that can be integrated in MOSES_GB.
I am particularly interested in: 1) simulating the natural regeneration occurrence and density of seedlings; 2) evaluating the growth response of young trees as function of the light availability under canopy, the tree size, and the intra-regeneration competition; 3) estimating light availability with different hemispherical photography techniques, such as smartphone photography.
Read more on MOSES_GB: Forestry Commission UK website