Course code SKOG200

SKOG200 Forest Biology, Ecology and Production

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Course responsible: Line Nybakken
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014V
Course contents:

1. Ecophysiology of forests: growth dynamics, climateic adaptions, dormancy, frost hardiness, leaf area. life cycles, carbon allocation and -storage, reproduction, hormones and chemical defence

2. Biogeochemistry: the most important nutrient cycles in plants and in and between ecosystems. Effects on these by human disturbance, included forestry

3. Dynamics of natural forests: the roles of the different tree species in the succession, natural  and anthropogenic disturbances 

4. Forest production: development of single trees and forest stands, estimation of production potential, effects of choice of tree species, growing conditions and silviculture on development of single trees and forest stands

5. Forest models: excercise in describing the growth of single trees with the help of statistical models, based on data sampling from a real forest

Learning outcome:

After ended course the candidates should have achieved thefollowing goals:


A good basic knowlegde of: basic forest production ecology and -physiology, the forest as an ecosystem, the dymanics of natural forests and forest production.


The student should be able to describe the growth of single trees by the use of statistical models

General competence:

The student should have a basis for understanding and judgement of slivicultural actions. The course should also provide a platform for assessing the effects of climate change amendments and of forest conservation, as well as a basis for the understanding of wood technology. 

Learning activities:
Lectures, excursion and field exercises.
Teaching support:
Advance information is publicly available at The lecturers are available for questions during office hours.
To be announced in the first lecture and at Fronter
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Final written exam (3 hours)
Nominal workload:
Ca. 300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
62 hrs
An external examiner will approve and take part in the grading of the written examination and discuss with the person responsible for the course whether or not the learning objectives have been reached.
Examination details: :