Summer school on Forest Data Management and Analysis

09.07.2018 - 13.07.2018

9-13 July 2018
University of Valladolid, Campus in Palencia (Spain)

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Organised by iuFOR and EFI's Planted Forest Facility (formerly EFIATLANTIC)

Hosted by iuFOR ( Universidad de Valladolid & INIA) and Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Valladolid

Target public:

    • Graduate students (Masters and PhD) in forest sciences, forest geomatics or data science
    • Practitioners and IT staff from forest companies, administrations and R&D institutes

Target outcomes:

By the end of the course the participants will have a comprehensive overview of forest data management and analysis including relevant R skills to develop forest models at stand and tree levels and a foundation on cloud simulation of forest systems.


Forest management is facing different challenges due to the magnitude of the current environmental problems (climate change, invasive species, biodiversity crisis, etc.) and the growing demand for goods and services by the society.

Furthermore, the current Knowledge Society paradigm requires professionals to integrate different skills into their specific domain effectively; for example, the management of big databases, including analysis, modeling and decision making.

Although there are some local initiatives such as the DataForest MSc programme at University of Valladolid this specific type of education and training in data management and analysis is not available to forest managers and forest scientists. In general personnel involved in forest management and its environs have a good working knowledge of forest management systems and methods.

However this knowledge could be further enhanced by skills in other complimentary fields, such as database management, computer programming, data analysis, decision making through operational research techniques, geographic information systems and remote sensing.

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