NRS Forest Science Seminars 2015-16

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Talks will last 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Seminars are followed by tea, coffee and biscuits to allow discussions to continue in a more relaxed atmosphere, finishing by 15:30.

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NRS Library
Northern Research Station

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To book contact or follow via webinar by clicking on the seminar title. (registration required)

Past Seminars

20th May 2016 

Scenario planning: The future of the cattle and sheep industries in Scotland and their resiliency to disease

Lisa Boden, Glasgow University 

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22nd April 2016

Species resilience to environmental change – long term research in Canada’s boreal forest 

Anne Oxbrough, Edgehill University 

18th Mar 2016

Opportunities and limitations for European birds in plantations of non-native trees

John Calladine, British Trust for Ornithology 

26th Feb 2016

Resilient governance of urban greenspaces and woodlands.  What’s going on in Britain and beyond? 

Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Forest Research

4th February 2016

Variance-based sensitivity analysis of the ForestGALES wind risk model: model behaviour and lessons for forest modelling (No Webinar)

Tommaso Locatelli

Variance-based SA methods overcome the limitations of traditional SA techniques, and have the potential to provide unambiguous answers to the following questions:

  • What inputs should modellers and end-users focus on knowing more accurately to maximally reduce the uncertainty in the model outputs?
  • Which inputs contribute little to the variance of the output, and therefore can be confidently fixed to any value within their range without significantly affecting the variability of the model's predictions?

The results of a variance-based SA applied to the wind-risk model ForestGALES are presented and discussed with regards to these two questions. 

20th Jan 2016 

Science in support of Scotland's Biodiversity Strategy

Rob Brooker, James-Hutton Institute 

The breadth of issues covered by the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy represents a considerable challenge to the research community: how do we best provide relevant information to support the Strategy’s delivery? This presentation will consider key research needs related to the strategy, and how these are changing through time. It will discuss mechanisms by which biodiversity research activity might be coordinated to make the best use of limited resources (for example the development of the CAMERAS evidence plan for biodiversity). It will also explore the considerable challenge of linking the results of biodiversity research to demonstrable policy impacts.

20th Nov 2015

Seasonally dry tropical forests in Latin America: diversity, biogeography and conservation

Toby Pennington, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh 

23rd Oct 2015

Why do foresters need to care about bioeconomic modeling?

Adam Kleczkowski, University of Stirling 

Quantifying the dynamic state of UK forestry and its carbon cycling

Professor Mathew Williams, University of Edinburgh

Talk described how a combination of spatial data, including satellite-derived LAI, soils, climate and land management information, linked to process model via our CARDAMOM framework can generate robust estimates of the UK forestry sector carbon cycle over the past decade. Prof.Williams made comparisons to Forestry Commission estimates of UK forest carbon budgets, and discuss future opportunities.

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