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3513089 Forest inventory and modeling, 8 Cp 
Code 3513089  Validity 01.02.2012 -
Name Forest inventory and modeling  Abbreviation ForInvMod 
Credits8 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Matti Maltamo 

Study unit's general literature:
Author Title Year Obligatory library
     Burkhart, Harold, Tomé, Margarida  Modeling Forest Trees and Stands  2012  Obligatory library
     Kangas, A. & Maltamo, M.  Forest Inventory-Methodology and Applications  2006  Obligatory library
     Additional information p. 3-37, 53-83, 119-150, 179-251, 271-339

Learning outcomes 

To learn to plan and carry out different forest inventories. To construct and analyze different tree and stand level models applied in different inventories.


Basics of inventory methods, inventory by compartments, diameter distribution models, height, volume and taper curve models, growth models, national forest inventory, sampling theory, global forest inventories, plantation inventories, systems of equations, site index models, spatial pattern, inventory of sparse populations, process models.

Modes of study 

Lectures (30 h), demonstrations (20 h), demonstrations diary, literature, exam.

Teaching methods 

Update 4.11.2020:

On-line teaching during spring semester 2021. 

Study materials 

Burkhart, Harold, Tomé, Margarida (2012) Modeling Forest Trees and Stands

Kangas, A. & Maltamo, M. (2006) Forest Inventory-Methodology and Applications, pp. 3-37, 53-83, 119-150, 179-251, 271-339.

Evaluation criteria 



Professor of Forest Mensuration Science, visiting teachers


The use of R-language


January-February every other year. Next time 2021.

Offering data 

Also for international students.



Further information 

The language of instruction for this course is English.


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
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration ended Forest inventory and modeling  General examination  Matti Maltamo 
12.08.22fri 12.00-16.00