Functions to simulate Mediterranean forest functioning and dynamics using cohort-based description of vegetation
Switch branches/tags
Nothing to show
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Permalink
Failed to load latest commit information.
R
data
inst
man
modeldescription
modeltests
src
vignettes
.Rbuildignore
.gitignore
DESCRIPTION
NAMESPACE
NEWS
README.Rmd
README.md
medfate.Rproj

README.md

medfate - Mediterranean forest functioning

Introduction

Package medfate is designed to assist forest scientists to simulate forest functioning and dynamics, using cohort-based description of forest stands. The package provides functions to simulate the following processes:

  • Soil water balance (De Cáceres et al. 2015)
  • Plant hydraulics, transpiration and photosynthesis
  • Plant growth

The models are parameterized for species of the Mediterranean region (particularly for Catalonia, NE Spain), but forests with different composition could be modelled with different parameter sets.

Package installation and documentation

Package medfate can be found at CRAN, but the version in this repository is very old. We recommend users to download and install the latest stable versions GitHub as follows (required packages devtools and curl should be installed/updated first):

devtools::install_github("miquelcaceres/medfate")

Documentation on the models included in medfate and how to run them using the package functions can be found at (http://vegmod.ctfc.cat/medfateweb). Additionally, users can have help to run package functions directly as package vignettes, by forcing their inclusion in installation:

devtools::install_github("miquelcaceres/medfate", build_vignettes=TRUE)

References

  • De Cáceres M, Martínez-Vilalta J, Coll L, Llorens P, Casals P, Poyatos R, Pausas JG, Brotons L. (2015) Coupling a water balance model with forest inventory data to predict drought stress: the role of forest structural changes vs. climate changes. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 213: 77-90 (doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.06.012).