Forest water balance model
INRA EEF Joint Research Unit Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology
BILJOU© is a forest water balance model developed by the Joint Research Unit for Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology (UMR EEF), a collaborative project between INRA and the University of Lorraine.
This site was initially developed as part of the project Joint Technological Network AFORCE with support funding from GIP ECOFOR. Development of the new version of our website with an added English version was made possible by the laboratory of excellence, LabEx ARBRE .
The BILJOU© model is an open source research tool available to the international community of forest managers, teachers, students and
researchers. We have designed BILJOU© to offer integrated online simulation and a continuously evolving, robust set of solutions aimed
at furthering our understanding the mechanisms driving interactions between forest ecosystems and their climatic and edaphic environments.
The BILJOU© model is limited to non-commercial use only (see license restrictions).
We have just enhanced the BILJOU© online experience by adding full translation of the web site in
both French and in English.
We have also added a new information page dedicated to blue and green water to illustrate interactive relationships that occur between ecosystem services provided by forests.
Discover the new tool features by registering online!
The simulations dashboard has also been enhanced to allow you to track your simulation calculations and offers new features.
Our aim was to create a fully comprehensive and informative website focused on forest water balance, on the impact of fresh water fluxes that exist in forest ecosystems and the factors that cause their variation.
Our site also offers access to the dynamic online modeling tool BILJOU© with clear explanations for fast and efficient user interface. BILJOU© offers interactive simulation modeling from uploaded input data to calculate daily and annual results.
In addition to output files, BILJOU© offers graphic modules to visualize simulated temporal variations in water fluxes (evapotranspiration, drainage) as well as drought indicators (duration and intensity of water deficit).
Please feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions about our site or the BILJOU© modeling tool. We welcome your feedback.