DEPARTMENT OF FOREST MANAGEMENT AND APPLIED GEOINFORMATICS
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics provides study of guaranteed courses of bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies and ensures development of knowledge of guaranteed subjects through research activities in cooperation with practice. Importance of activities of the Department lies in particular in the area of analysis and processing of data from the point of view of natural and human affected risks and subsequent management of forest stands in the landscape. The Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics focuses at present on development and interconnection of the guaranteed disciplines through the so-called precise forestry, which synthetizes elements of forest management in connection with technologies of applied geoinformatics in many forestry activities, where the important role is played by modern geoinformation technologies (GIT). The Department guarantees study of about 40 compulsory, 6 required optional courses and one optional course within five bachelor's and five master's study programs.
The main courses are: Forest Management, Dendrometry, Statistics, Forest Growth Science, Geodesy and Land Records, Geoinformation Systems, Remote Sensing, Analysis and GIS Decision Making, Forest Topical Cartography, etc. Practical training is carried out in special classrooms and also in field. The Department has accredited two doctoral study programs: Applied Geoinformatics and Forest Management.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
Research activities of the Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics cover wide range of fields. In biometrics and modelling the research concentrates on methods of optimization of collection and advanced analysis of biometric data, its use with emphasis on models of growth processes in forest ecosystems using growth simulators. In dendrometry, forest growth science and forest management the main point of research has been in recent years orientation on the uneven-aged forest and on coppice with standards. Research focuses here in particular on stability and production of the different forests, proposal and optimization of methods of data collection for forestry planning, study of responses to thinning and to stress caused by rainfall reduction. Research also dealt with potential impact of global climatic change on forest ecosystems in the Czech Republic and elaboration of practical adaptation strategy to the climate change across the range of natural conditions of the Czech Republic.
Another research area is use of unmanned technologies in forest inventory and assessment of habitual parameters of trees using photogrammetric methods, or implementation of laser technologies when collecting data to the precise forestry system.
FACILITIES FOR STUDY AND RESEARCH
The Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics has two lecture rooms for 80 students (lecture room B01) and 72 students (lecture room B21), both are equipped with modern audiovisual equipment. The Department has also specialized geoinformatics computer lab (20 places), specialized geodetic classroom (40 places), laboratory for work with analogue and digital spatial data for students in the last year of their master's study and PhD students, biometric laboratory enabling to obtain information from image inputs of various type and 2 specialized libraries.
List of instrumentation: microscope Keyence VHX-5000, altimeters of various types (Blume-Leiss, Silva, Haglöf Vertex, Nikon), laser rangefinders (Nikon LRF 800), callipers incl. digital (500, 600 and 1,200mm), tape measures for measuring of diameter and girth of trees, Bitterlich telerelascope, accretion borers (150 – 400mm), FieldMap LT – system for field collection of dendrometric data, including information on tree location (based on laser technology), Postex – system for collection of dendrometric data, incl. information on tree location (based on ultrasound technology), terrestrial laser scanner Faro Focus 3D, GNSS receiver Topcon HiPer Pro, surveying total station Topcon GPT-9003M , radio controlled UAV DJI S800 hexacopter, other GPS receivers and geodetic instruments.
Software: Idrisi (Clark Labs), ArcGIS (ESRI), ERDAS Imagine (Leica Geosystems), TopoL (TopoL Software), Kokeš (GEPRO s.r.o.), Atlas (Atlas s.r.o.), eCognition Developer (Trimble), Geomatica (PCI Geomatics), ENVI (ITT), GPS Pathfinder Office (Trimble), Surfer (Golden Software), ), Sibyla Triquetra (TU Zvolen), R studio (R core Team).
We cooperate with the following companies and institutions: Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic, Lesy města Brna, a.s., Lesprojekt Brno, a.s., Lesy ČR, s.p., Městské lesy Volary, s.r.o., Papierholz Austria, GmbH, Forest Management Institute, Brandýs nad Labem, Vysočina Region, Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening, PLA Moravský Kras, etc.
Foreign cooperation with the following institutions: MONDI, Europe & International Division Vienna (Austria), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Ås Norway), Clark Labs, Clark University (Worcester MA, USA), Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Agriculture in Krakow (Poland) etc.