Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for the Use of FORMIND

In order to continue the development of the FORMIND forest model, it is easier if usefulness can be demonstrated. For this reason, we ask that users submit the data request form, which creates a record in our user database. The prospective investigator should resubmit the form for each substantially different project. Registration and use of FORMIND tools is free of charge. User data will be stored only to allow for communication of recent developments and/or model bug fixes.

If you are planning a FORMIND study, please download the most recent version of the FORMIND tool, not a version you got from “somewhere”. There are regular updates to the tools. The project group always greatly welcomes feedback from users.

In order to get a record of every use, we ask that the prospective investigator do not share the downloaded FORMIND tools with other parties not included on the data request form.

Publications using any FORMIND tool should include the following citation:
Fischer R, Bohn F, Dantas De Paula M, Dislich C, Groeneveld J, Gutiérrez AG, Kazmierczak M, Knapp N, Lehmann S, Paulick S, Pütz S, Rödig E, Taubert F, Köhler P, Huth A (2016) Lessons learned from applying a forest gap model to understand ecosystem and carbon dynamics of complex tropical forests. Ecological Modelling, Volume 326, 24 April 2016, Pages 124-133, ISSN 0304-3800, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.11.018.

Copies of articles
Copies of articles using any FORMIND tool should be sent to info@formind.org once published.

Publications should also include the following acknowledgement:
“The FORMIND forest model (www.formind.org) is continuously developed at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. Numerous scientists helped to develop and refine the forest model as well as to improve its applicability.”