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Scottish Forestry Resilience Knowledge Exchange Webinar – Understanding Climate Change Projections

Scottish Forestry Resilience Knowledge Exchange Webinar – Understanding Climate Change Projections

This is one of eight seminars being run by Scottish Forestry and the Institute of Chartered Foresters with the aim of increasing industry discussions and awareness of key resilience issues in response to our changing climate. During this seminar, we will explore how climate change projections are developed, what they tell us and how they are used in forestry.

The seminars will look at a range of climate change risks, climate change projections and some of the measures we can take to increase our resilience. Depending on your interest you may wish to view one or all of them. Whilst many of the issues are relevant at a UK scale or wider, the seminars will be presented with a Scottish specific focus.

Whilst the seminars are related, they are not intended to be a complete series or a training course, which by completing, you would be able to comprehensively understand climate change risks and the appropriate measures to take in response. Instead, these seminars are designed to help improve awareness of the key climate change risks that affect forestry, how those risks are projected to change over time and some of the measures that can be taken to improve resilience.

When considering resilience, it is helpful to think in terms of a resilience framework consisting of the following elements:

  • Adaptation – Long term change. Driving change by increasing the extent, connectivity, diversity and health of our trees in order to reduce the impact of future threats
  • Resistance – Risk reducing measures.  Reducing the threat or absorbing the impact of a risk with no substantial change or loss to the treescape
  • Response and recovery – Detection and response.  When threats do occur, facilitating an effective response to enable the treescape to recover.

 

There is a balance needed when choosing resilience measures.  For example, if more adaptive or resistance measures are used then there may be less need for response and recovery, or vice versa. This could also vary nationally, for example with no standard requirement for each woodland or forest to employ the same measures.

For detailed information on the climate change risks to forestry and potential response measures we recommend reading the UKFS Practice Guide: Adapting forest and woodland management to the changing climate or visiting the Climate Change Hub.

To keep up to date with Scottish Forestry’s work on adaptation and resilience, please follow the work of their Adaptation and Resilience Steering Group.

Speakers

Stephen Bathgate – Decision Support Systems Developer, Forest Research

Stephen works at Forest Research on the development and integration of bioclimatic datasets with models of forest growth/risk, to deliver geospatial decision support systems to support the forestry community. He is leading a team delivering updates to Ecological Site Classification, including the introduction of climate sensitive growth models, drought risks and UKCP18 data.

Dr David Edwards – Research Impact Coordinator, Forest Research

David works in the Chief Scientist’s Office at Forest Research, and supports dialogue and collaboration with FR’s customers and stakeholders to increase the impact of its research, evidence and advice. He is currently coordinating a project on behalf of Scottish Forestry to assemble the evidence required to select a shortlist of productive tree species for Scotland. David joined FR 20 years ago, working initially as a social scientist focusing on the social and cultural values of forests, and later leading five Science Groups as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Tim Gordon-Roberts MICFor – Adaptation and Resilience Policy Advisor, Scottish Forestry

Tim works as Adaptation and Resilience Policy Advisor for Scottish Forestry. He has worked in public sector forestry for 24 years, in a variety of roles in Scotland, Wales and England, spending the last 11 years with Scottish Forestry.

Mike Perks – Principal Scientist in Climate Change Research, Forest Research

Mike is Principal Scientist in Climate Change Research and a Forest Science professional with 30 years of experience in applied research, with a focus on championing delivery at scale of woodland derived climate mitigation and the wider benefits of new woodland for biodiversity and landscape resilience, with a research focus on drought and the likely impacts of climate change on forest function.

 

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3 September 2024 @ 13:00 to
3 September 2024 @ 14:00
 

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2 September 2024
 

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