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Towards the sustainable use of Europe’s forests: a centre for European forest science! – Some missing catalytic elements?

Towards the sustainable use of Europe’s forests: a centre for European forest science! – Some missing catalytic elements?

Rennolls, Keith (2004) Towards the sustainable use of Europe’s forests: a centre for European forest science! – Some missing catalytic elements? EFI Proceedings, 49. pp. 317-322. ISSN 1237-8801 (Print), 1457-0610 (Online)

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Abstract

The Symposium, “Towards the sustainable use of Europe’s forests”, with sub-title “Forest ecosystem and landscape research: scientific challenges and opportunities” lists three fundamental substantive areas of research that are involved: Forest management and practices, Ecosystem processes and functional ecology, and Environmental economics and sociology. This paper argues that there are essential catalytic elements missing! Without these elements there is great danger that the aimed-for world leadership in the forest sciences will not materialize.

What are the missing elements? All the sciences, and in particular biology, environmental sciences, sociology, economics, and forestry have evolved so that they include good scientific methodology. Good methodology is imperative in both the design and analysis of research studies, the management of research data, and in the interpretation of research finding. The methodological disciplines of Statistics, Modelling and Informatics (“SMI”) are crucial elements in a proposed Centre of European Forest Science, and the full involvement of professionals in these methodological disciplines is needed if the research of the Centre is to be world-class.

Distributed Virtual Institute (DVI) for Statistics, Modelling and Informatics in Forestry and the Environment (SMIFE) is a consortium with the aim of providing world-class methodological support and collaboration to European research in the areas of Forestry and the Environment. It is suggested that DVI: SMIFE should be a formal partner in the proposed Centre for European Forest Science.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] This paper was first presented at The Symposium "Towards the Sustainable Use of Europe’s Forests – Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Research: Scientific Challenges and Opportunities" held from 25-27 June in Tours, France. [2] ISBN: 952-5453-00-6 (print); 952-5453-01-4 (online). [3] ISSN: 1237-8801 (print); 1457-0610 (online).
Uncontrolled Keywords: research methodology, statistics, modelling, informatics, DVI: SMIFE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Computer Science
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Statistics & Operational Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:02
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/846

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