Articles | Volume 17, issue 7
Methods for assessment of models
12 Apr 2024
Methods for assessment of models |  | 12 Apr 2024

Inferring the tree regeneration niche from inventory data using a dynamic forest model

Yannek Käber, Florian Hartig, and Harald Bugmann

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Many forest models include detailed mechanisms of forest growth and mortality, but regeneration is often simplified. Testing and improving forest regeneration models is challenging. We address this issue by exploring how forest inventories from unmanaged European forests can be used to improve such models. We find that competition for light among trees is captured by the model, unknown model components can be informed by forest inventory data, and climatic effects are challenging to capture.