Study unit
3513170 Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications, 2-5 Cp  
Code 3513170  Validity 29.01.2018 -
Name Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications  Abbreviation EcosysMod 
Credits 2-5 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Ari Lauren 

Learning outcomes 

The student will understand major concepts and approaches for forest ecosystem modelling and different types of models, including forest management models, succession models and biogeochemical models.


Essentials: Forest as a dynamic system; From the complexity of forest ecosystems to the abstraction of forest ecosystem models; How to assess the performance of model predictions; Different models and modelling approaches: management models, succession models, and mechanistic (process-based) models. Complementary knowledge: Building a simple simulation model.

Modes of study 

The course contains three parts.

3513152A: Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications, theory (2 cp). Lectures (12 hours), active participation in discussions, and exam based on lectures and given literature.

3513152B: Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications, practicals (2 cp). Supervised exercises (12 h) and independent work (12 h) will be used to compile a simple simulation model. The model will be applied to solve appointed problems, and a consice report (Power Point presentation) of the work will be presented in a seminar (4 h).

3513152C: Forest ecosystem modelling, concepts and applications, Python –programming in simulation modelling (1 cp). Technical skills will be built to support the work in simulation practicals (3513152B) and later studies of process-based modelling. The course includes supervised exercises (8 h) and independent exercises (16 h).

The course can be performed by passing the theory part only (3513152A), or by passing all the three parts.

Study materials 

Lecture handouts and other reading material provided by teachers (set of scientific research articles).

Evaluation criteria 

3513152A: 0-5

3513152B: Fail / Pass

3513152C: Fail / Pass


Associate Professor in Forest Ecosystem Modelling and visiting lecturers.


Basic/advanced level understanding is required for the silvicultural practices and dynamics of boreal forest ecosystems and its links to environmental conditions and silviculture in order to participate in this M.Sc. course. It is also recommended that the student has already participated at least one of following scientific level course: 3513065 Silvicultural management of forests for timber production and other ecosystem services (3 cp) or 3513122 Intensive forest management and production of forest biomass (3 cp). Attending the practicals (3513152B) requires passing of the theory part (3513152A) and the Python-programming in simulation modelling (3513152C) part.


Will be organized every year. (1.-2. period)



Further information 

The language of instruction in this course is English. M.Sc. students of the School of Forest Sciences are prioritized.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams