Recent applications of point process methods in forestry statistics
Forestry statistics is an important field of applied statistics with a longtradition. Many forestry problems can be solved by means of point processes or marked point processes. There, the points are tree locations and the marks are tree characteristics such as diameter at breast height or degree of damage by environmental factors. Point pro- cess characteristics are valuable tools for exploratory data analysis in forestry, for describingthe variability of forest stands and for under- standingand quantifyingecological relationships. Models of point pro- cesses are also an important basis of modern single-tree modeling, that gives simulation tools for the investigation of forest structures and for the prediction of results of forestry operations such as plantation and thinning.