Structure and dynamics of forest communities

Since the second half of the 20th century, many abandoned crops have been substituted by shrubland and forests, which today are young and dense. The dynamics of these formations is often different to that of, for instance, mature forests, as is their capacity of response to disturbance and environmental change.

Models of forest dynamics are one of the most powerful tools for understanding how forests, shrublands, and meadows are formed, for evaluating their current state, and predicting their future behavior. Understanding these dynamics is especially important in the current context of global change, and even more so since the social demand for ecosystem goods and services has not ceased to grow.

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