Workshop on “Climate change and forestry in northern Europe”

11.11.2013 - 12.11.2013

Workshop in Uppsala 11th – 12th of November
“Climate change and forestry in northern Europe”

The observed increase of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentration is mainly due to emissions from fossil-fuel combustion, land-use changes, and industrial processes, and has led to an increased mean surface temperature during the 20th century. The temperature increase is expected to continue during this century, and be more pronounced at higher latitudes. Increased temperature is the most reliable projection but it varies from 1.6 to 5.8 ºC depending on emission scenario. Other climate variables, such as annual precipitation and frequency of extreme weather events, are predicted also to increase in Sweden. Changed climate conditions likely imply improved growing conditions. There is evidence, however, that climate change may increase the risk of damage to forests from storms, and pests and pathogens. These new conditions, both opportunities and potential threats and their effects on economy, need to be evaluated, in the context of climate change, for the current dominant silvicultural practice as well as for alternative ways of managing the forest. A new set of climate scenarios has recently been developed and these new scenarios are projections of radiative forcing instead of emissions (Representative Concentration Pathways), i.e. where different mitigation strategies can be included. The projections will be used for climate modeling, on global and regional scale, and will likely differ from earlier projections of climate change. The new results from the regional climate modeling must therefore be evaluated for northern Europe and their effects on growth and potential risks must be analyzed.
We will likely face similar opportunities and threats in northern Europe, where actions and adaptation measures could be similar for Scandinavia and Baltic countries. In our region most of the countries are forest rich with low population density, which imply possibilities to use the forest for bio-energy purposes and export to other countries. Another focus of the workshop is also the role of the forest in northern Europe to mitigate climate change, implications on economy, governance and different drivers and barriers to adapt forestry and society to a future climate.

The intention is also to collaborate and coordinate the research activities in northern Europe, concerning climate change and impacts on forestry. We invite you to participate in this workshop, with a presentation and/or paper within the sessions/subjects (see below). You can also participate without any contribution but priority will be given those who present their research and/or contribute to with a paper. It will be a special issue (electronic) in Silva Fennica. The maximum number of participants is set to 40 persons and Future Forests will cover food and logging during the workshop.

PDF file InvitationWorkshop

Register before 30th of September and send title and abstract of your presentation/paper to:

More information Ass. Professor Johan Bergh, Johan.Bergh (at)

Workshop organized by:

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