Silvics of the circumpolar boreal forest tree species / Nedialko Nikolov, Harry Helmisaari -- The reproductive process in boreal forest trees / John C. Zasada, Terry L. Sharik, Markku Nygren -- Soil temperature as an ecological factor in boreal forests / Gordon B. Bonan -- Fire as a controlling process in the North American boreal forest / Serge Payette -- The role of forest insects in structuring the boreal landscape / C.S. Holling -- The transition between boreal forest and tundra / Luc Sirois -- The southern boreal-northern hardwood forest border / John Pastor, David J. Mladenoff -- Transitions between boreal forest and wetland / F.Z. Glebov, M.D. Korzukhin -- Remote sensing technology for forest ecosystem analysis / K. Jon Ranson, Darrel L. Williams -- The nature and distribution of past, present and future boreal forests: lessons for a research and modeling agenda / Allen M. Solomon -- Individual-tree-based models of forest dynamics and their application in global change research / Herman H. Shugart, I. Colin Prentice -- Population-level models of forest dynamics / M.D. Korzukhin, M. Ya. Antonovski -- A spatial model of long-term forest fire dynamics and its applications to forests in western Siberia / M. Ya. Antonovski, M.T. Ter-Mikaelian, V.V. Furyaev -- A simulation analysis of environmental factors and ecological processes in North American boreal forests / Gordon B. Bonan -- The biological component of the simulation model for boreal forest dynamics / Rik Leemans -- Role of stand simulation in modeling forest response to environmental change and management interventions / Peter Duinker, Ola Sallnäs, Sten Nilsson. The boreal forests of the world, occupying some 15 million square kilometers over North America and Eurasia, are a major source of softwood timber and are expected to play a significant role in the response of vegetation to global climate change. This book, developed by an international panel of ecologists, provides a synthesis of the important patterns and processes that occur in boreal forests and reviews the principal mechanisms that control the forests' pattern in space and time. The effects of low temperatures, soil ice, insects, plant competition, wild-fires and climatic change on boreal forests are discussed as a basis for the development of the first global scale computer model of the dynamical change of a biome, able to project the change of the boreal forest over time-scales of decades to millennia, and over the global extent of this forest.