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Forest Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling

Magical green forest and sunlit wild bluebell flowers.

The team is author, developer and programmer of forest growth model and software package “SIBYLA” (see the image below). The software provides a comprehensive tool for prognosis of future forest development. It includes progressive modelling concepts: empirical, process-based and structural.

The software and its underlying model have modular architecture, multi-concept approach, and multi-scale properties. The prognosis is archived in a relational database and is applicable for varied stand types and structures and different management regimes. The prognosis is climate and soil sensitive, and includes a complex disturbance model and a regeneration model. The software is user friendly, open for user calibration, supports virtual reality training and education.



FABRIKA, M., PRETZSCH, H., 2013: Forest Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling. Technical University in Zvolen, ISBN-978-80-228-2506-1, 620 s.

HLÁSNY, T., BARCZA, Z., BARKA, I., MERGANIČOVÁ, K., SEDMÁK, R., KERN, A., PAJTÍK, J., BALÁZS, B., FABRIKA, M., CHURKINA., G.: Future carbon cycle in mountain spruce forests of Central Europe: Modelling  framework and ecological inferences. Forest Ecology and Management 328 ,2014: 55–68.

SEDMÁK, R., FABRIKA, M., BAHÝĽ, J., PÔBIŠ, I., TUČEK, J., 2013: Application of simulation and optimzization tools for developing forest management plans in the Slovak natural and management conditions. In: Tuček, J., Smreček, R., Majlingová, A., Garcia-Gonzalo,J.,  (eds.): Implementation of DSS Tools into the Forestry Practice. Reviewed Conference Proceedings. Technical University in Zvolenm ISBN: 978-80-228-2510-8, s. 139-152.

Seidl R., Thom D., Kautz M., Martin-Benito D., Peltoniemi M.,Vacchiano G., Wild J., Ascoli A., Petr M., Honkaniemi J., Lexer M.J., Trotsiuk V., Mairota P., Svoboda M., Fabrika M., Nagel T.A., Reyer C.P.O., 2017. Forest disturbances under climate change. Nature Climate Change, 7, 395-402 DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE3303


Prof. Dr. Marek Fabrika
Dr. Peter Valent
Dr. Martin Mokroš
Dr. Lucia Macková


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Prof. Dr. Marek Fabrika,
Department of Forest Management and Geodesy

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