A strategy for process modelling of short-rotation Salix coppice plantations

J. G. Isebrands, G. E. Host, L. Bollmark, J. R. Porter, S. Philippot, E. Stevens, K. Rushton

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A strategy for process modelling of short-rotation Salix coppice plantations is presented. To integrate effectively both large- and small- scale processes, this model must simulate critical processes at scales ranging from the individual leaf to the plantation. This multiscale modelling strategy extrapoLates the detail of mechanistic physiological models to the patch and plantation scales. To accomplish this scaling, regional climatic and soil databases are used to generate model inputs; i.e. site and climatic information is passed from the regional scale to drive models operating at the stand or tree level. Key input variables at the individual tree level include genetically determined factors such as leaf morphology and branch architecture, as well as phenological and physiological parameters. Outputs such as carbon fixation, leaf area index, biomass by component, and yields per hectare are then passed back up to address regional questions. This strategy requires a parallel programme of modelling and experimentation. While this strategy focuses on Salix, the approach should also be applicable to species with similar life history attributes, such as Betula and Populus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalBiomass and Bioenergy
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1994 Conference on Modelling Short Rotation Forestry Growth - Uppsala, Swed
Duration: Oct 24 1994Oct 26 1994


  • Coppice
  • Salix
  • modelling
  • short-rotation forestry


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