Forest Ecology and Management (FOR) Group

The FOR research group deals with comprehensive biophysical modeling of forest dynamics and forest ecosystem services in the changing world at different temporal and spatial scale. 

The FOR research group investigates major trends in global forests, ecology and functioning of forest ecosystems, transition to sustainable forest management, biophysical and economic assessment of ecosystem functions and services, impact of global changes on the forest, forestry and forest sector within the paradigm of co-evolution of humanity and nature.

The FOR group is developing and running several models, including Global Forest Model (G4M) , Biogeochemical model with management (BGC-MAN), wildfire model (FLAM), Full and Verified Carbon Account of Forest. The focus of the research is on development of the integrated modeling cluster, including various management options, climate change impacts and disturbances. Besides own results on carbon stock, increment and harvest potential, the models provide inputs to other CLR and ESM models, incl. GLOBIOM, BeWhere, etc.


FOR has recently contributed to various international studies on climate and land-use change, including assessment of the impact of forests on the Earth System; strategy and science plans of a number of international initiatives (PEEX, NEFI) etc.

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Dmitry Shchepashchenko

Senior Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Russian Forests and Forestry

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