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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Model Predicts How Forests Will Respond to Climate Change

VANCOUVER, Wash.—Drought could render the U.S. Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050 while Washington’s Cascade Mountains may require tropical and subtropical forest species, according to researchers using a new type of mathematical model at Washington State University. The Tolerance Distribution Model (TDM) is the first to use the tolerances of different types of forests to

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Old-Growth Forests May Provide Buffer Against Rising Temperatures

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The soaring canopy and dense understory of an old-growth forest could provide a buffer for plants and animals in a warming world, according to a study from Oregon State University published today in Science Advances. Comparing temperature regimes under the canopy in old-growth and plantation forests in the Oregon Cascades, researchers found that

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Data from 1800s Can Help Researchers, Forest Managers Maintain Healthy Forest Ecosystems Today

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When seeking clues to how well conservation efforts are working in the present, sometimes scientists look to the past — and there may be no better historical record than the forest surveys conducted in Missouri by the Bureau of Land Management in the 1800s. Using these historical records, University of Missouri researchers

Monday, March 21st, 2016

China’s Forest Recovery Shows Hope for Mitigating Global Climate Change

China’s sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working. The vast destruction of China’s forests, leveled after decades of logging, floods and conversion to farmland, has become a story of recovery, according to the first independent verification published in today’s Science Advances by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers. “It is encouraging that China’s

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Europe Assesses Forest Ecosystems Status and Trends

The EEA report European forest ecosystems: state and trends, gives an updated health check on how our forests are coping with the many challenges they face. It assesses whether forest ecosystems can still manage to play their part providing key ‘services’ for the environment. Forests help regulate our climate and sustain watersheds, providing clean water.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

New Remote Sensing Developments for Forest Monitoring Take Place at the Global Landscapes Forum

Lima, Peru, Dec. 8, 2014—At the Global Landscape Forum over the weekend the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched several new initiatives of Global Forest Watch (GFW). One of these is the incorporation of CIAT’s Terra-I into the GFW platform. 

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Toward Productive Landscapes

The European Tropical Forest Research Network has just issued ETFRN News 56 Towards productive landscapes. The landscape approach has increasingly been promoted as a new perspective on addressing global challenges at a local level. In the face of increasing and competing claims to the land and the exhaustion of natural resources, planners, scientists and policymakers have

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Decision Support Tool: Identifying and Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation

In the face of increasing pressures on forests, many countries have begun to explore REDD+ as a mechanism to provide finance for maintaining forest cover and reducing emissions from the forestry sector. With imminent establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, the importance of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions by means of effective policies and

Monday, October 13th, 2014

FAO Sets Standards to Improve National Forest Monitoring Systems

ROME, Oct. 10, 2014—FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. The tools are designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forest inventory – from assessment, design and field data collection to analysis and reporting.

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

GEDI to Measure the Height of the World’s Forests

If we know the height of the world’s forests, then we can estimate how much carbon they store. That will improve our understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere and their role in mitigating climate change. To make those measurements, a collaboration including Brown University ecologist Jim Kellner is putting a sophisticated laser scanner

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