Boreal forest health and global change

Gauthier S, Bernier P, Kuuluvainen T, Shvidenko AZ, & Schepaschenko DG (2015). Boreal forest health and global change. Science 349 (6250): 819-822. DOI:10.1126/science.aaa9092.

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Abstract

The boreal forest, one of the largest biomes on Earth, provides ecosystem services that benefit society at levels ranging from local to global. Currently, about two-thirds of the area covered by this biome is under some form of management, mostly for wood production. Services such as climate regulation are also provided by both the unmanaged and managed boreal forests. Although most of the boreal forests have retained the resilience to cope with current disturbances, projected environmental changes of unprecedented speed and amplitude pose a substantial threat to their health. Management options to reduce these threats are available and could be implemented, but economic incentives and a greater focus on the boreal biome in international fora are needed to support further adaptation and mitigation actions.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: Science; 349(6250):819-822 (August 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 09:19
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11395

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