|Hauhs, M; Lange, H: Die Waldbilder der Forstwissenschaften aus der Sicht der Ökologischen Modellbildung, Allg. Forst- u. Jagd-Zeitung, 179, 154-160 (2008)|
Over the last decades the forestry sciences have been opened for new topics and methods. In addition to traditional forestry topics they have participated in environmental and ecosystem research. So far this type of research has been perceived as “applied”. From the modelling perspective there has been a misunderstanding among the participating disciplines of the character of knowledge being applied. Here we introduce two types of models of forest utilization and discuss their possibilities and limits for forestry sciences. The first perspective of forests is the one dominating in modelling today and in forestry sciences. It has been adopted from physics. The second perspective of forests has implicitly been adopted in the past for pragmatic reasons. Recently it has got a formal analogue in computer science. These two concepts of modelling provide the background against which we interpret and discuss the alleged recent crisis in the forestry sciences.