Silviculture of Temperate Forests
- Silviculture as a means of achieving management objectives and a basis for sustainable forest management.
- Overview of temperate forest ecosystems and tree species bio-geography, vegetation history, forest ecology, forest production, anthropogenic influences.
- The characteristics of common tree species in temperate forest ecosystems.
- Managing forest production and long-term productivity, including selection of tree species and modelling site-species interactions.
- Regeneration and afforestation (natural regeneration, direct seeding, planting) involving site preparation, choice of species, managing game, rodents, competition, nutrition and other biotic and abiotic factors.
- Silvicultural practices including selection of initial spacing, thinning regime, pruning, and planning harvesting operations.
- Forest health and stability in relation to biotic and abiotic factors like wind, climate change, pests and diseases.
- Silvicultural systems; what characterizes them, as well as their applicability under different circumstances.
- Conversion to near natural uneven-aged forest management, different methods and different situations.
- Near-natural forest management, forest development types, effects of uneven-aged forest management.
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
MSc Programme in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management
The objective of the course is to provide students with a
comprehensive understanding of silvicultural principles and
practices for the sustainable management of temperate forests.
Throughout the course, emphasis is on demonstrating scientific
knowledge, derived from long-term field experiments and other
empirical investigations, as a solid foundation for
Lectures: 5-6hours per week.
Classroom exercises: 3-4 hours per week.
Field trips mainly visiting forest districts as well as practical exercises in the forest: 3-4 hours per week.
The distribution between the various elements of the course may vary considerably during the course and should be viewed as rough estimates.
Please see Absalon.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
During the course 3-4 reports on different themes related to the course are prepared in student groups (2-3 persons). These reports will be presented and receive peerfeedback. Futher the individual student groups will recieve a written feedback on their work.
Oral feedback, collective and individual, is offered during the course as a natural form of teaching.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignmentOral examination, 30 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- During the course 3-4 reports on different themes related to the course are prepared by each student group (2-3 persons). The oral examination (30 minutes) is based on one drawn question from the curriculum as well as one drawn report (from the reports prepared in the student group during the course). The student is granted 30 minutes of preparation immediately prior to the examination with all aids allowed. The exams are not weighted, and an overall assessment is given after the oral exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
Please, consult the learning outcome
Single subject courses (day)
- Practical exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 2
- No limitation
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
- Thomas Nord-Larsen (3-837d7b4f78767d3d7a843d737a)
Ditlev Otto Juul Reventlow
Jørgen Bo Larsen
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