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Land managers behaviour and forest resilience

Land owners and managers are being urged to change their behaviours and practice to increase forest resilience, this research describes some of the barriers to change including the different attitudes and beliefs of different kinds of land managers around uncertainty and risk, and the need for information and guidance which takes these perspectives into account.

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
Official publication: Research Note | RN

The Environmental Change Network at Alice Holt Research Forest

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) was established in 1992 to provide a framework for monitoring the effects of a range of environmental drivers on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The Alice...

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  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
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B4EST – adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change

B4EST will offer new understanding about how adaptive forest breeding can be used to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions.

Status: Current

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  • Climate change
  • Tree breeding
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Holocene carbon accumulation in the peatlands of northern Scotland

Holocene carbon accumulation in the peatlands of northern Scotland J. L. Ratcliffe, R. J. Payne, T. J. Sloan, B. Smith, S. Waldron, D. Mauquoy, A. Newton, A. R. Anderson, A. Henderson and R. Andersen...

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  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
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Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage

Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage T. J. Sloan, R. J. Payne, A. R. Anderson, C. Bain, S. Chapman, N. Cowie, P. Gilbert, R. Lindsay, D. Mauquoy9 A. J. Newton...

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  • Forest management
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
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Cryptic genetic variation and adaptation to waterlogging in Caledonian Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris L.

Exposure to a contrasting novel environment such as waterlogging under common garden conditions can trigger release of otherwise unobservable (cryptic) genetic variation. Under a flooding treatment, there was a greater increase in variability in Scots pine populations originating from drier sites in Scotland which likely reflects a relative absence of past selection. Under climate change this cryptic genetic variation may provide considerable potential to adapt.

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  • Genetics
  • Climate change
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What Do Forest Managers Want to Know About Adaptation?

Adaptation to climate change involves adjusting Forest Management to anticipate future changes. Starting to adapt woodland and forests to the changing climate now is important if owners and society wish...

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  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
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The origins of shake and drought crack in trees

The soil conditions experienced by a growing tree are reproduced under controlled conditions. Fluid distributions with the tree are visualised using magnetic resonance imaging in order to identify stresses and determine if these are linked to drought cracking and shake.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
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Harvested Wood Products and Carbon Substitution

This study reviews approaches to accounting for carbon storage and carbon substitution benefits of harvested wood products under existing carbon market standards, and considers how the UK Woodland Carbon Code - which at present covers climate change mitigation benefits of afforestation in terms of carbon sequestration, might be extended.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
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Research concludes climate change brings enormous challenges for forests worldwide

climate change disturbances to forestry

Themes

  • Climate change