Publications on climate change and atmospheric pollution

Publication coverClimate change and British woodland (PDF-2872K)

The global climate is changing as a result of human activity, caused primarily by the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The most recent predictions for the UK suggest an increase in temperature and changes in rainfall patterns, wind speed, cloud cover and humidity. This Information Note explains how these environmental changes may affect the growth of trees, including the distribution of individual species. Implications for woodland management and practice are outlined, and guidance is given on climate change adaptation.

By Mark Broadmeadow and Duncan Ray.

Forestry Commission Information Note 69.


Publication coverClimate change: Impacts on UK forests

Describes current thinking on the most likely effects of climate change on UK forests and woodlands. It is recommended reading for forest managers and advisers, students and all those with an interest in the consequences of global change to our forests.

By Mark Broadmeadow et. al.

Forestry Commission Bulletin 125.


Publication coverClimate change - Implications for forestry in Britain (PDF-4013K)

Global climate is changing as a result of human activity, particularly because of the effects of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The most recent predictions from the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) suggest an increase in temperature and changes in rainfall, wind speed, cloud cover and vapour pressure. This Information note explains how the environmental changes that Britain is likely to experience may affect the growth of trees, and how research can improve our understanding of these effects.

By Mark Broadmeadow.

Forestry Commission Information Note 31.


Cover of reportEffeithiau newid yn yr hinsawdd ar goedwigaeth yng Nghymru (PDF-425K)

(Impacts of climate change on forestry in Wales).

Report compiled for Forestry Commission Wales by Duncan Ray.

Forestry Commission Research Note 301(W).


Publication coverForest Research: Climate change projects (PDF-825K)

Summary of our programme of climate change-related research.

September 2008.


Publication coverForestry and climate change

Explores how forests will interact with the physical and natural world, and with human society as the climate changes. Also considered is how the world's forests can be managed to contribute to the mitigation of climate change and to maximize the full range of economic and non-market benefits.

Edited by Peter Freer-Smith, Mark Broadmeadow and Jim Lynch.


Publication coverForests, carbon and climate change - The UK Contribution (PDF-1559K)

How forests in the UK contribute to the carbon cycle on both a local and global scale.

By Mark Broadmeadow and Robert Matthews.

Forestry Commission Information Note 48.


Publication coverHow extensive are the impacts of nitrogen pollution in Great Britain's forests? (PDF-442K)

Protecting our forests from pollutant deposition is and has been a topical issue for some time. Nitrogen, as well as being an essential nutrient for trees, is one of the most important of these pollutants. This article discusses the extent and severity of the issues associated with nitrogen pollution in our forests.

By Fiona Kennedy.

Article in Forest Research Annual Report 2001/2.


Cover of reportImpacts of climate change on forestry in Wales (PDF-426K)

Report compiled for Forestry Commission Wales by Duncan Ray.

Forestry Commission Research Note 301.


Cover of reportImpacts of climate change on forests in Scotland (PDF-1225K)

Report compiled for Forestry Commission Scotland by Duncan Ray with sections also drafted by Dave Wainhouse, Joan Webber and Barry Gardiner.


Cover of reportImpacts of climate change on forestry in Scotland - a preliminary synopsis of spatial modelling research (PDF-921K)

By Duncan Ray.

Forestry Commission Research Note 101.


Publication coverThe role of forest genetic resources in helping British forests respond to climate change (PDF-960K)

An overview of the issues surrounding the use of genetic resources in British forestry and presents possible strategies to help forests and woodlands adapt to the effects of climate change through the use of such resources.

By Jason Hubert and Joan Cottrell.

Forestry Commission Information Note 86.


Publication coverTerrestrial Umbrella: Eutrophication and acidification of terrestrial ecosystems (PDF-636K)

The principal roles of Forest Research in this Defra programme were to provide expert advice and to deliver a range of site specific environmental, soil and vegetation-related parameters and data-sets required for the evaluation of the Critical Loads calculation methodology. This evaluation includes the testing and calibration of process-based dynamic models of soil chemistry.

By Mark Broadmeadow, Fiona Kennedy, Elena Vanguelova, Samantha Broadmeadow, Rona Pitman, Peter Crow and Matthew Griffiths.


Front coverUnderstanding the carbon and greenhouse gas balance of forests in Britain (PDF-7422K)

This report summarises key information on carbon stocks in British forests, the fluxes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, how these are affected by changes as trees grow, and how they are affected by forest operations and other forest management decisions.

By James Morison, Robert Matthews et al.

Forestry Commission Research Report 18.