iLands primary unit of resource computation and competition

resource units

extent and definition

Resource units (RU) are the main entities for which resource levels for plants (i.e. light, water, nutrients) are calculated. The chosen approach is to model resource dynamics at the resolution of RU and competition of individual trees for resources separately. The default RU are defined as a regular 100x100m grid over the landscape, although more complex RU definitions are generally possible in iLand.

stocked area

For every resource unit the stocked area (SA, m2) is updated in every simulation year. It is calculated at a 10x10m resolution (i.e. to a precision of 1% for a 1ha resource unit), where all pixels containing >0 individuals are accounted for as stocked. SA plays an important role in the computation of resource unit light interception. The dynamic calculation of SA reduces erroneous effects of within-RU heterogeneity due to, e.g., disturbances, on the RU-level calculations of the light regime.


Seidl, R., Rammer, W., Scheller, R.M., Spies, T.A. 2012. An individual-based process model to simulate landscape-scale forest ecosystem dynamics. Ecol. Model. 231, 87-100.

Created by rupert. Last Modification: Tuesday 25 of September, 2012 13:13:41 CEST by rupert.