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Forests 2012, 3(1), 75-82;

Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Climate Change: An Editorial

Melbourne School of Land and Environment, The University of Melbourne, 221 Bouverie St., Carlton, VIC 3010, Australia
Received: 4 January 2012 / Revised: 9 January 2012 / Accepted: 9 January 2012 / Published: 30 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Climate Change)
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Climate change presents potential risks to forests and challenges for forest managers. Adaptation to climate change involves monitoring and anticipating change and undertaking actions to avoid the negative consequences and take advantage of potential benefits of those changes. Forest managers are accustomed to considering the long-term implications of their decisions. However, many are now responding to much shorter term economic or political imperatives. Climate change potentially increases the consequences of many existing challenges associated with environmental, social or economic change. Some current management measures may continue to be suitable in responding to increasing pressures under climate change, while for other situations new measures will be required. This special issue presents papers from Africa, Europe, and North America that provide examples of the type of analysis being implemented to support forest management in a changing climate. The implications in the context of uncertainty in climate projections and ecosystem responses are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: risk management; disturbance; silviculture; monitoring risk management; disturbance; silviculture; monitoring
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Keenan, R.J. Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Climate Change: An Editorial. Forests 2012, 3, 75-82.

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