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Development of external regeneration models for FVS: Another wrench in the toolkit

Posted date: October 01, 2008
Publication Year: 
2008
Authors: Robinson, Donald C. E.
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Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Havis, Robert N.; Crookston, Nicholas L., comps. 2008. Third Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference; 2007 February 13–15; Fort Collins, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-54. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 225-234
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Abstract

Despite more than three decades of development, only one full-featured regeneration model has been developed for the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS). Regeneration remains a challenging problem because of its all-or-none nature: the need for field inventories that span the vast range of stand structure conditions; the need to accommodate environmental and climatic influences, and the need to integrate these within the FVS core model source code. We introduce and provide two examples of a recent FVS capability that removes one hurdle from this difficult problem: allowing the development of external models that can be executed from within the FVS system with minimal modification to the FVS source code. External models developed from any computer programming language can be incorporated into FVS by obeying a few simple rules.

Citation

Robinson, Donald C. E. 2008. Development of external regeneration models for FVS: Another wrench in the toolkit. In: Havis, Robert N.; Crookston, Nicholas L., comps. 2008. Third Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference; 2007 February 13–15; Fort Collins, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-54. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 225-234