1. General Model Information

Name: SPACE - A spatial model of forest dynamics

Acronym: SPACE

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: forestry, population dynamics,
Organization level: Biocoenosis, Ecosystem
Type of model: individual based
Main application: research, simulation/optimisation tool,
Keywords: forest dynamics, spatial pattern, neighborhood model, canopy gap


R. T. Busing
200 SW 35th St, Corvallis, OR 97333 USA

email: busing.richard@epamail.epa.gov


R.T. Busing


The SPACE model is a spatial model of forest dynamics. It is a spatial adaptation of FORET (minus the climate routines) with horizontal detail. Unlike most forest "gap models" the locations of individual tree stems are tracked. A neighborhood approach is used to model interactions among trees. The model is designed for study of vegetation dynamics at multiple scales in time and space.

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): IBM PC and higher systems

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): FORTRAN 77 Please consult the author

II.3 Manuals:

Please consult the author

II.4 Data:

One input file of species parameters is required.

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

Annual information on tree location, size and species on a specified simulation tract (0.4 to 10,000 ha) is generated.

IV. References

Busing, R.T. 1991. A spatial model of forest dynamics. Vegetatio 92: 167-179.

Busing, R.T. 1995. Disturbance and the population dynamics of Liriodendron tulipifera: simulations with a spatial model of forest succession. J. Ecol. 83: 45-53.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

This is a 3-D gap model with emphasis on forest community dynamics and spatial pattern. A 1997 version features spatially non-random seed dispersal from adult trees.
Last review of this document by: : Tue May 20 23:56:22 2003
Status of the document: Contributed by R.T. Busing
last modified by Joachim Benz Wed Jun 18 21:18:12 CEST 2003

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