MAOK4115 Forest inventory and modeling


Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students will have the following learning outcome:


  • Students will have good understanding of forest inventory (measurements, techniques, calculation) and working knowledge of forest growth models.


  • Students should develop their skills in collection and analysing forest inventory data of various complexity and size (includes use of various measuring equipment)
  • Develop skills of incorporating, projecting and analysing datasets using forest growth and yield models.

General competence:

The student will gain competence in:

  • Ability to collect and analyse datasets
  • Ability to solve problems independently and in groups
  • Professional knowledge useful for carrying out forestry inventory measurements (using equipment)
  • Ability to run forest growth/simulation models
  • Report writing


Course content:

The course begins will layout of forest plots, collection and analysis of data from plots and leads into analysis and projection of collected dataset using forest growth models.

The following contents in the course are covered

  • Layout of forest sample plots (Fixed area and point plots)
  • Collection and analysing individual tree- and stand level variables of forest (e.g. DBH, height, basal area, volume)
  • Forest stand structure and composition, its representation and effects on growth, ingrowth and mortality
  • Introduction to different forest simulation model types (empirical, process).
  • Set up and functioning of forest growth model: hands on experience on applicability of inventory data in forest growth and yield models.



Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures, presentation, reports (based on data collection and analysis) and field work (presentation, report and fieldwork is mandatory)


  • 2 report writing (40%)
  • 2 Quizzes (20%)
  • Presentation on selected topic (10%)
  • Final written exams (30%)

Each component of the course examination should be passed to qualify for the overall grade.