Climate change

Northern forests in a changing climate

Facts & Reviews

This was the theme of NordGen Forest’s annual conference held at Hallormsstadur in eastern Iceland on 17-18 September.

More than 30 participants from all Nordic countries attained the conference which contained 11 high-quality presentations addressing the expected nature of climatic change, consequences for forest ecosystems and forestry and measures to meet these changes.

Read the NB Forest Policy and Research Brief 'Northern forests in a changing climate' (pdf).

Introduced species in a changed climate – how should we handle the risks?

Facts & Reviews

Introducing exotic tree species offers an attractive solution to dealing with a warmer climate. However, it is a solution associated with risk. What are the guarantees that the exotics don’t become invasive and turn out to be a problem? An SNS- supported project draws the conclusion that introductions will still be needed, but must be undertaken with caution and based on experience.

New publication “The Role of Forests in Climate Change: Nordic Experience”


The Working Group on Environment and Economy (MEG) under the Nordic Council of Ministers has released a new publication “The Role of Forests in Climate Change: Nordic Experience” (TN2013:559).

Download the report The Role of Forests in Climate Change: Nordic Experience for free.

New light on causes of ash decline


The accelerating decline of Fraxinus excelsior in Europe has been a mystery. The fungus responsible for the disease has now been disclosed as coming from the Far East. It still remains a challenge for science to find methods to save the ash from extinction. The SNS-supported project "Decline of Fraxinus excelsior in northern Europe" took a firm grip on the issue from a scientific viewpoint.

Climate Change- are forest trees adaptive?

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A new study on NordGen talks about how forest trees have survived a series of climate change cycles in the past. The study implies that trees are robust and have an extensive adaptive potential to changing climate patterns.

Model Forests in the Baltic Region

Facts & Reviews

The International Model Forest Network (IMFN) is a global community that works towards the common goal of sustainable managing forest-based landscapes through the Model Forest approach. The IMFN is comprised of all member Model Forests around the world.

Postdoc Forest Management Strategies



Wageningen University, the Forest Ecology and Forest Management group of Wageningen University has a vacancy for a postdoc researcher with a dual task: contribution to the work packages and to coordination and management of the EU-FORMIT project. 

Ideal candidate: dedicated and ambitious forest researcher, with a PhD degree in forestry or forest production ecology or a related field, and experience in project management and research coordination. 

FORest Management Options for enhancing the MITigation potential of European forests – FORMIT

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The FORMIT (FORest Management Options for enhancing the MITigation potential of European forests)  project sets to develop key criteria, know-how and methodologies for assessing forest management strategies that explicitly focus on the mitigation potential of European forests, taking into account regional differences.

Thus, the overarching goal of the project is to investigate the associated risk, conflicting or even contradicting issues in managing forest for carbon mitigation.

Fungi carbon sequestration in northern forests. Scientists find it is more important than initially believed.

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Scientists in Sweden found that most of the carbon that is sequestered in northern forests is stored thanks to fungi that live on and in tree roots, rather than via dead needles, moss and leaf matter.

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