Special Issue "The 24th IUFRO World Congress: Session 79 Sustainable Management of Spruce Dominated Ecosystems in Response to Climate Change"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (11 December 2014)
Prof. Dr. Phillip G. Comeau (Website)
Professor - Silviculture and Stand Dynamics, University of Alberta, Dept. of Renewable Resources, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, 751 General Services Bldg., Edmonton, AB T6G 2H1, Canada
Fax: +1 780 492 4323
Interests: silviculture; quantitative silviculture; mixedwood silviculture; vegetation management; silvicultural systems
Dr. Bill Mason
Forestry Commission, Northern Research Station, Roslin EH25 9SY, Midlothian, Scotland, UK
Spruce species are important in the world’s northern, mountain and temperate forests. While their wood is valued for many uses such as lumber, pulp and energy, spruce forests also provide a broad range of ecosystem services including recreation, watershed protection, carbon sequestration, biodiversity and habitat. While moderately shade tolerant, spruces have low tolerance to drought, high temperatures and fire which may become greater problems with climate change. In addition, warming climate may increase insect and disease risks. Consequently, climate change is likely to result in shifts in the distribution of spruce species across the northern hemisphere during the current century. This session will include discussion of the potential impacts of climate change on the distribution, growth and dynamics of natural and planted spruce forests and silvicultural, policy and planning options that may be available for sustainable management of spruce forests.
Prof. Dr. Phillip G. Comeau
Dr. Bill Mason
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