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Conifers - Recent Advances

Ana Cristina Gonçalves

University of Évora

Dr. Gonçalves has authored more than 110 publications and has participated in 15 research projects. Her main interests include driving pure, mixed, regular, and irregular stands, forest management, and planning with applications in geographic information systems.


Teresa Fidalgo Fonseca

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Dr. Fidalgo Fonseca has authored over 100 chapters and articles and has edited 4 books. She is the author of the simulator ModisPinaster and a member of the CAPSIS community.


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Conifers include a wide range of species that are spread all over the world. Their main production is frequently timber, yet the stands and forest provide also multiple benefits. Their stand structure presents a large variability, from monospecific monocohort to multispecific multicohort, encompassing a wide diversity and assortment of products and services. Due to this variability and their dynamics the characterization and modelling of the interactions between individuals as well as their growth and productions comprise a set of approaches. These approaches encompass a suite of methods and techniques that make the bridge between research, and management and forest planning. Significant issues for conifer stands are stand structure, growth, mortality, harvest, regeneration, reproductive material, diversity, yield, potential productivity, biotic and abiotic disturbances, silvicultural practices, system sustainability and perpetuity.

This book aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art. Overall this publication is intended to cover the following areas: silviculture, modelling, forest planning, diversity, close-to-nature silviculture and adaptive management of planted forests.

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Ana Cristina Gonçalves

University of Évora

Ana Cristina Gonçalves, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Habilitation, Department of Rural Engineering, University of Évora, Portugal. She is also a researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Agrarian Sciences (ICAAM). Dr. Gonçalves has a Ph.D. in Forest Engineering, and has authored more than 100 publications and participated in fifteen research projects. Her research focuses on silviculture and modeling in pure, mixed, even-aged and uneven-aged stands; and forest management and planning integrated into a GIS environment.

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