Course code SKOG310

SKOG310 Nordic Forestry and Forest Research

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Course responsible: Ole Hofstad
Teachers: Sjur Tore Baardsen, Tron Haakon Eid, Terje Gobakken, Karsten Raulund Rasmussen, Birger Solberg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum of 5 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Even years
First time: 2009V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
A few short lectures will introduce the students to natural and socio-economic conditions for forest management in Norway and the other Nordic countries. Research papers within seven general topics, where INA contributes actively to forest research, will be discussed in seminars with the teachers: 1) Forest inventories in Norway are based on field measurements as well as advanced remote sensing technology. Issues related to inventory methods and the value of the information collected will be discussed. (Gobakken) 2) Planning in Norway is conducted for small private forest holdings as well as for larger forest areas. Procedures, decision-support systems and decision-making related to Norwegian planning will be addressed. (Eid) 3) Silviculture in the boreal region is dominated by Norway spruce and Scots pine. Regeneration and thinning practices for those two species in the Nordic countries will be discussed. (Raulund-Rasmussen) 4) Bioenergy: Competition for forest fiber between forest industries and bioenergy production. Impacts of policy means. (Solberg) 5) International markets: Economic impacts on the European forest sector of a. accellerating forest growth, b. Russian timber export fees, and c. increased forest protection in Europe. (Solberg) 6) Timber market: Roundwood market functioning and research in the Nordic countries (Baardsen) 7) Economy: The concept of forest as capital will be explained. The diminishing role of forestry in national and regional economies as well as in the economy of individual forest owners will be discussed. (Hofstad) 8) Forest policy is determined by private ownership and public incentives. The combination of efficient resource utilization and sustainable ecosystem management is a political aim. Contemporary issues like biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration will be discussed. (Hofstad)
Learning outcome:

Students completing this course will get the following learning outcome:

Knowledge: of forestry and forest research in Norway and the other Nordic countries. - current research results related to forest management from NMBU and other Nordic forest research institutes.

Skills: read scientific articles in English on forestry issues that are considered important in a Nordic context, understand the logic and conclusions of the articles, and be able to summarise and synthesize them briefly with own words.

General competence: understand the natural conditions for forest growth and the social conditions for use of forest resources in the Nordic countries.

Learning activities:
The core of the course is a literature study supported by seminars. The students present the contents of the curriculum either written or orally as a basis for the discussion during the seminar with the teacher and others scientists.
Teaching support:
Seminars, discussion of presentations.
Research papers- To be announced at the start of course
Bachelor in Forestry or similar.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written summaries of scientific articles, excursion.
Oral exam.
Nominal workload:
ca. 300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Overlap of 2 credits against SKOG300, 1 credit against SKS303, 2 credits against RØP320
Type of course:
Lectures, seminars, excursion.
An external examiner participates in the evaluation of the oral exam.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / Ikke bestått