The Model

What is FORMIND?
FORMIND is an individual-based vegetation model that simulates the growth of forests on the hectare scale. It allows to explore forest dynamics and forest structure including also processes like gap building (falling down of large trees).
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Where can we apply FORMIND?
The FORMIND model can be used for temperate, subtropical and tropical forests of varied species richness and complexity. The following map shows where FORMIND has been used to explore forest dynamics.
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What are the main processes of FORMIND?
The main processes included in FORMIND are recruitment and establishment, mortality and growth. They depend on site-specific environmental conditions (temperature, insoolation, …). In addition, disturbances like fire events, forest fragmentation, logging or landslides can be activated.
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