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MEFYQUE - Forecasting the dynamic response of timber quality to management and environmental change: an integrated approach

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00345
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 2,131,087 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,483,041 EUR
Scientific Officer: Alexandros ARABATZIS
Research topic: 5.3.1. Multifunctional management of forests

Abstract:
There is a recognised need within the European forest industry for models forecasting the quality of timber, given that the wood products industries are reliant on a regular supply of wood of uniform properties. This proposal aims to improve understanding of the relationships between site conditions and growth, timber quality and production, current and future scenarios of climate change and atmospheric composition. It will do this by developing an integrated modelling framework. This will be achieved by (i) monitoring existing forest sites; (ii) manipulating conditions of growth; (iii) analysing anatomical, biochemical and mechanical wood properties; (iv) modelling growth, yield and quality at a range of spatial scales. The integrated modelling system will enable forest managers, the timber industry and policy makers to decide whether forest management should be principally for production, conservation or amenity outputs.


Coordinator
Samuel Piercy EVANS
The Forestry Commission Research Agency
Farnham
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1420 22255 ext. 2276
Fax: +44 1420 23450
E-mail: Sam.Evans@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


Partners
  Reinhart CEULEMANS
University of Antwerpen (UIA) - Department of Biology
Wilrijk
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 3 820 2256
Fax: +32 3 820 2271
E-mail: rceulem@uia.ua.ac.be
  Timo KARJALAINEN
European Forest Institute
Joensuu
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 13 252 0240
Fax: +358 13 124 393
E-mail: Timo.Karjalainen@efi.fi
  Dieter OVERDIECK
Technical University of Berlin
Berlin
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 30 314 71270
Fax: +49 30 314 71429
E-mail: over1433@mailszrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de
  Giuseppe E. SCARASCIA-MUGNOZZA
Università degli Studi della Tuscia Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente Forestale e delle sue Risorse
Viterbo
ITALY
Tel.: +39 07061357395
Fax: +39 0761357389
E-mail: gascaras@unitus.it
  Joris VAN ACKER
Universiteit Gent - Faculteit van de Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen
Gent
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 9 264 61 24
Fax: +32 9 264 62 33
E-mail: Riet.Vandevelde@rug.ac.be
  Keith MAUN
Building Research Establishment Ltd Centre for Timber Technology and Construction
Watford
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1923 66 4812
Fax: +44 1923 66 4785
E-mail: Maunk@bre.co.uk