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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

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  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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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
  • Land reclamation
  • Soil science
  • Tree breeding
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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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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
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Neurostresspep

Neurostresspep explores the use of insect neuropeptide hormones for controlling pest insects; Forest Research is investigating whether these naturally occurring compounds can be used in forest management to reduce damage by pine weevil (Hylobius abietis).

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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PRotect Oak Ecosystems (PuRpOsE)

This project is providing understanding of the current and future health threats to native oaks in the UK. It is focussing on Acute Oak Decline (AOD).

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
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Sitka spruced

A collaboration between Forest Research, Oxford University and Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) which will use DNA-marker technology to identify at a very early age those Sitka spruce trees which will have outstanding growth rate and timber quality when felled 30-years later

Status: Current

Themes

  • Genetics
  • Tree breeding
  • Forest management
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SCALEFORES: Scaling Rules For Ecosystem Service Mapping

We are working with Southampton University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to develop and test novel modelling frameworks to explore the drivers of ecosystem services at different spatial scales in order to predict and map their delivery.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
  • Land reclamation
  • Forest hydrology
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
  • Ecosystem services