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An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital

A major sustainability challenge is determining where to target management to enhance natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides. Achieving this understanding is difficult, given that the effects of...

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Comparing the cost-effectiveness of forestry options for climate change mitigation

This Research Note examines two recent studies which assessed the cost-effectiveness of forestry options for climate change mitigation across Great Britain.

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

The role of urban trees and greenspaces in reducing urban air temperatures

This Research Note describes the negative impact that elevated urban temperatures can have on human thermal comfort and health and how urban green infrastructure can help lessen this impact.

Themes

  • Urban greening
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Woodland managers' understanding of resilience and their future information needs

This Research Note provides an investigation into private woodland owners’ and managers’ understanding of resilience in regard to forest and woodland management in the UK.

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  • Socio economic research
Peer reviewed papers

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

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
Research reports

Influencing behaviour for resilient treescapes: Rapid Evidence Assessment

The Rapid Evidence Assessment considers the following: The impact of policy tools - grants, subsidies, programmes, provision of advice - on the response of land managers to tree pests and...

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
Peer reviewed papers

Holocene carbon accumulation in the peatlands of northern Scotland

SummaryThe response of peatland carbon accumulation to climate can be complex, with internal feedbacks and processes that can dampen or amplify responses to external forcing. Records of carbon accumulation from...

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  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
Peer reviewed papers

Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage

Peatlands are a globally significant store of carbonDuring the second half of the 20th century new planting techniques combined with tax incentives encouraged commercial forestry across large areas of peat...

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
Peer reviewed papers

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.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Genetics
Research summaries

Getting to know the ‘friendly fungi’ associated with the roots of key timber species

Nadia Barsoum provides highlights of over 10 years of research shedding light on who’s who in the world of friendly fungi colonising tree roots.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Soil science