Forest modelling workshop
Geography Bye-Fellow Andrew Hacket-Pain hosted a forest modelling workshop in College earlier this month.
The meeting was part of the PROFOUND Action ‘Towards robust projections of European forests under climate change’, in which Hacket-Pain participates alongside 171 colleagues from across Europe and America.
The PROFOUND Action is part of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond.
The purpose of the workshop organised by Hacket-Pain, which took place in the College’s Old SCR, and was attended by nine scientists from across Europe (Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Romania, UK), focussed on reviewing how to best implement realistic tree reproduction representations in models of forest dynamics.
The models used to predict changes in forest distribution, structure, composition and functioning usually rely on very simple representations of the way that trees reproduce. The workshop focused on addressing whether more realistic representations are necessary, and how to achieve this using available knowledge and data.
The conclusions reached during the workshop will be included in an upcoming publication to be co-authored by all those who participated in the workshop.
The meeting was funded by a PROFOUND Action of EU COST Association, which is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.
Attendants at the PROFOUND Action workshop that took place at Fitzwilliam College earlier this month (Hacket-Pain, fourth from left).