This research programme is improving our understanding of how woodland will respond to the many environmental drivers associated with climate change. This knowledge is being used to provide predictions of future changes to tree survival and growth and the functioning of woodland ecosystems, and to develop guidance on how best to adapt to the impending challenges presented by climate change. With the development of our understanding, it is becoming apparent that the impacts of climate change are relevant to almost all avenues of forest and woodland research, and the issue is under active consideration in many other research programmes.
The development of guidance on climate change impacts and adaptation uses a number of approaches, including impact studies, process and empirical model development and the interpretation of forest monitoring data.
Individual research projects
- Climate change impacts and adaptation in England's woodlands
- Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA)
- Expected climate change and options for EU silviculture (ECHOES)
- Influence of a changing climate on development and life cycle in the pine weevil, Hylobius abietis
- Management of multifunctional forests (MULTIFOR)
- Urban trees and greenspace in a changing climate