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Climate effects of forestry

Research project In this project, we study the climate effects of forest management activities.

This project is focused on the different climate benefits produced by forests and forestry, such as sequestration of carbon in plants, soil and products, as well as avoided emissions due to substitution of fossil fuels and products. An important aspect is how different management activities affect the climate resilience of forests. Today, the scientific community is divided when it comes to the climatic effects of forestry. Thus, it is important to clarify why different conclusions are reached

Head of project

Göran Englund
Professor emeritus
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Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2019-01-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Research area

Biological sciences, Ecology

Project description

Forests have a great potential for sequestering carbon and producing wooden products that can substitute fossil products and fuels. However, the scientific community is divided when it comes to the climatic effects of forestry. Thus, it is important to clarify why different conclusions are reached, and, ultimately, to establish consensus concerning how to estimate the climate effects of forestry. An important reason why researchers reach different conclusions is the time frame over which climate effects are evaluated. However, the conclusions reached also depend on assumptions about substitution, forest productivity, and which forest management activities that are considered. Of particular interest in this project are management activities that may provide climate mitigation during the period up to 2045 when Sweden is expected to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases. These activities include reduced thinning, prolonged rotation period, reduced harvest intensity, and increased fertilization.