A Web‐Based Integrated Modeling and Simulation Method for Forest Growth Research

2019/11/08

Journal:《Earth and Space Science》

Cite as:Ma Z, Chen M, Zhang B, Wang M, Shen C, Yue S, Wen Y, Lü G. A Web‐Based Integrated Modeling and Simulation Method for Forest Growth Research. Earth and Space Science. 2019 Nov;6(11):2142-59.

Abstract:To facilitate forest research, simulations of the whole forest growth process can be employed to analyze forest dynamics and predict forest yields. Different forest growth models can be integrated for comprehensive process simulation and thus can assist forest growth research. With the development of network technologies, a web environment can provide cross‐platform capability and wide availability for distributed researchers. In order to serve the simulation of complex forest growth processes and help online forest growth research, this article proposes a web‐based integrated modeling and simulation method for forest growth research. The proposed method includes three steps, namely, model preparation, model integration, and forest growth simulation. The corresponding implementation strategies are designed to prepare forest growth models, integrate different models, preprocess model data, and implement forest growth simulations for integrated modeling and simulations via the web. Two applications in the comprehensive prediction of forest growth and comparison of different forest management decisions are introduced to verify the feasibility and capability of the proposed method. The results show that the proposed web‐based integrated modeling and simulation method can be used conveniently for comprehensive simulations of forest growth research.