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Valuing and governing tree and forest ecosystem services

This research provides new insights into how to recognise and understand the value of ecosystem services provided by trees and forests.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
  • Forest hydrology
Research topic

Exploring changes in ecosystem services under varying scenarios

Exploration of the resilience of woodlands to future change by assessing how ecosystem service values and natural capital stocks of woodlands may be affected by change through the application of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) scenarios and different management approaches, e.g. forest diversification through the application of forest management alternatives

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Resilience – Future Proofing Plant Health

What is tree resilience and how can we support better management for tree health in the face of climate change and pests and diseases?

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Detecting young trees from space

FR have established how to detect young trees from space using synthetic aperture RADAR and machine learning techniques. This will support the monitoring of the planting of tens of thousands of restock sites and new woodland across Britain. In searching for a solution researchers hypothesised that even if the trees are too small to see, maybe we could ‘feel’ them using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). A different technique to utilising optical data, SAR provides ‘fuzzy’ data on the presence of objects, their size, orientation and texture. The research found that this was possible and data on whether sites had tree cover or not has been derived for extensive areas of Britain and NFI are working to operationalise the process.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Research topic

Delivering Resilient Forests

Resilient forests are important if our trees are to cope better with changing environmental conditions and threats from pests and diseases. This page provides information on the publications produced as part of Forest Research's 'Delivering Resilient Forests' programme of research.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
  • Soil science
  • Tree breeding
Research topic

Exploring land manager views of payments for ecosystem services, networks and learning

Research exploring evidence for land manager perceptions and understandings of the concept of payments for ecosystem services, the use of formal and informal networks and the ways in which land managers learn from others.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

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
Research topic

The use of Ecoplugs for woody weed control

Ecoplugs containing glyphosate can be an effective means of killing standing trees, and preventing regrowth from cut rhododendron stumps.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
Research topic

Economics of risk and tipping points: approaches to valuing forest resilience

A review of economic approaches to risk and uncertainty, tipping points and resilience in forestry. A conceptual framework for the resilience valuation and its interaction with risk is proposed

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Developing multi-stand / CCF version of optimal rotation length prototype model

Explores optimal management in a multi-stand / Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) setting and various ecosystem services and benefits provided by complex forests.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research