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Official publication: Research Report | RP

Ecosystem services delivery by small and medium stature urban trees

This Research Report reviews the provision of four ecosystem services by 18 small and medium stature tree species using the i-Tree Eco model and compares the performance of these trees in different age groups.

Themes

  • Urban greening
Official publication: Research Report | RP

Ecosystem services delivery by large stature urban trees

This Research Report reviews the provision of four ecosystem services by 12 large stature tree species using the i-Tree Eco model and compares the performance of trees in different age classifications and climate regions.

Themes

  • Urban greening
Research topic

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
Research topic

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
Peer reviewed papers

How does a biodiversity value impact upon optimal rotation length? An investigation using species richness and forest stand age

A study integrating biodiversity data for British forests with economic modelling of optimal rotation length. Investigation revealed some evidence of relationships between overall species richness and stand age.

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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
Peer reviewed papers

Trends in surface water chemistry in afforested Welsh catchments

Analysis of 22 years of water chemistry data from afforested Welsh catchments revealed trends indicative of recovery from acidification

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Forest hydrology
  • Soil science
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Official publication: Practice Guide | PG

Managing forest operations to protect the water environment

This Practice Guide provides advice to forest managers, practitioners, planners and supervisors, on how forest operations should be planned and managed to protect the water environment.

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Forest hydrology
Official publication: Research Report | RP

Genetic considerations for provenance choice of native trees under climate change in England

This Research Report provides a review of published results from provenance tests of relevance to English native trees to identify factors which may influence the risk, suitability and desirability of the use of local versus non-local seed under climate change.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Pests and diseases
  • Genetics
Official publication: Research Report | RP

Wood properties and uses of Scots pine in Britain

This Report collates and synthesises research into the production and use of Scots pine timber in Great Britain, drawing where necessary and for comparative purposes on sources from the European continent where Scots pine is better characterised and used in a wider range of applications.

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding