MIOMBO - a vegetation dynamics model for the miombo woodlands on Zambezian Africa

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College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


The gap model FORSKA was modified to develop MIOMBO, a model to simulate productivity and succession in the miombo tropical dry woodlands of Central Africa. A few measured parameters of the miombo were used to establish suitable ranges of the rest of the parameters in the model by simulation to form a 'base case'. This base case does not represent any specific site, however, deviations from the base case under hypothesized fire and drought regimes can be used to study the response of the miombo to fire and drought in a general way. The MIOMBO model can be used as a starting point for more detailed parameterization for specific sites. In this paper, we emphasize the changes made to FORSKA.

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Forest Ecology and Management