Seminar – The state-of-the-art of forest management models, methods and decision support systems – the SuFoRun perspective.

19th – 20th of January 2017. State College. Pennsylvania (USA).

 

Purpose:

This international seminar will focus on the presentation of models, methods and decision support systems available at SuFoRun institutions that may be used by public administrators, forest owners and industry for forest management planning in a context of global change. This seminar is part of annual seminars that are be organized under the SuFoRun international R&D project (http://suforun.ctfc.cat/) and has been organized by Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC, Spain), Pennsylvania State University (PSU, USA), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA, Portugal) and University of Évora (UEvora, Portugal). It is further sponsored by IUFRO Units 4.04.04 ‘Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling’ and 4.04.06 ‘Nature Conservation Planning’.

SuFoRun is Marie Skodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)  action funded by the European Union H2020. Is focused on forestry and climate change interactions, including the development of adaptive forest management tools. The SuFoRUn consortium is built to include highly qualified research institutions in nine countries (i.e. Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil and USA) that share complementary interests in key scientific disciplines for the development of the forest sector. The project will serve to exchange and generate knowledge on multipurpose forests, addressing risk and uncertainty and the development of knowledge on methods and tools to support policy analysis and development in a context of global change. The project strengthens research collaboration through active networking, staff exchange and dissemination activities between the participants.

 

Scientific Program 19thJanuary:

  • 9:00 – 9: 10 – Welcome and presentation of the seminar (Marc McDill, Pennslvania State University, USA).
  • 9: 10 – 9:25 – Brief presentation of the SuFoRun project to the general public (Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo, Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC)).
  • 9:30 – 11:00 Session I.
    • Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo. Review of models, methods and DSS in CTFC (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya, Spain)
    • Luis Díaz-Balteiro. Review of models, methods and DSS in UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).
    • Ljusk Ola Eriksson. Review of models, methods and DSS in SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden).
    • Heli Peltola. Review of models, methods and DSS in UEF (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland).
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break.
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Session II
    • José G. Borges. Review of models, methods and DSS in ISA (Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisboa, Portugal).
    • Manuela Oliveira. Review of models, methods and DSS in UEvora (Universidade de Evora, Evora, Portugal).
    • Rasoul Youspfour. Review of models, methods and DSS in UFR (University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany).
    • Luiz Carlos Rodríguez. Review of models, methods and DSS in SPU (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil).
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Lunch.
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Session III
    • Paulina Fernández. Review of models, methods and DSS in PUC (Catholic University of Chile, Chile).
    • Andrés Weintraub. Review of models, methods and DSS in UCh (University of Chile, Chile).
    • Bastiaan Bouman. Review of models, methods and DSS in CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, Costa Rica).
    • Keith Reynolds. Review of models, methods and DSS in USDA (United States Forest Service, USA).
    • Sandor Toth. Review of models, methods and DSS in UW (University of Washington, USA).
    • Marc McDill. Review of models, methods and DSS in PSU (Pennsylvania State University, USA).

Scientific Program 20th January :

  • 9:00 – 10:30 Session IV Planning under risk and uncertainty.
    • Andrés Weintraub.‘Do we need stochastic models?/ Necesitamos modelos estocasticos? (Universidad de Chile, Chile).
    • Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo Planning forest harvesting under climate change: a Stochastic Optimization Model. Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC).
    • Marc McDill (Pennsylvania State University, USA)/ José G. Borges (Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugl). Integrating wildfire risk and spread in forest management planning. A paradigm shift?
    • Silvana Nobre, A Web Portal to support restoration planning in São Paulo – a species combination simulator. (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).
  • 10:30 – 11:15. Coffee Break
  • 11:15 – 12:45. Session IV.
    • 3 Invited talks by forestry stakeholders in Pennsylvania.
  • 12:45 – 13:30 Wrapping up
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

 

Organizing team:

  • Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo. (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya CTFC, Solsona, Spain)
  • José Guilherme Borges (Forest Research Centre, Instituto Superior de Agronomia ISA, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal).
  • Marc McDill (Pennsylvania State University PSU, State College, USA).
  • Manuela Oliveira (Research Centre for Mathematics and Applications, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal)
  • Carla Bellera (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya CTFC, Solsona, Spain)

 

Attendance and participation:

Fees & Registration

Fees: The seminar will cost 20$ per day (aprox 18.32 Euros).  This will cover participation costs, lunch and coffee breaks.

Registration: Attendants must register before January 1o. Be aware that the total audience is limited and the acceptance will be done by order of payment.

Any doubts of questions pleae contact: Carla Bellera (carla.bellera@ctfc.es) and cc it to Marc McDill (mmcdill@psu.edu).

 

Practical information

Venue

The seminar will take place in the Days Inn Penn State Hotel, 240 South Pugh Street in downtown State College, Pennsylvania (USA).