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Impact of forestry on greenhouse gas release from streams

Research project

The aim of the project is to assess the effect of forestry on the GHG emission from boreal streams. We will test hypothesis that forestry has major impacts on stream GHG emissions over the full forest rotation cycle but also that the effects vary depending on forest management practices and variability in climatic conditions

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2022-12-31

Funding

FORMAS

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Arctic Research Centre, Campus Bigården, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Research subject

Earth science, Environmental sciences

Project description

The aim of the project is to assess the effect of forestry on the GHG emission from boreal streams. We will test hypothesis that forestry has major impacts on stream GHG emissions over the full forest rotation cycle but also that the effects vary depending on forest management practices and variability in climatic conditions. The project is based on (1) a detailed study of streams before and after logging and (2) large scale comparative studies of streams with differences in harvested catchment areas (age, extent), riparian buffer zones and climatic conditions. We anticipate that the project will result in better scientific based decisions on the management of forests to mitigate GHG release to atmosphere.