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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
The natural capital of floodplains: management, protection and restoration to deliver greater benefits. Valuing Nature - Natural Capital Synthesis Report. VNP09.
Floodplains are important natural capital assets which deliver a wide range of benefits to people. The interface between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems in floodplains fosters both a wealth and a complexity of resources that are challenging to measure and compare.