Resilience of urban trees to a changing climate


Young tree growing in drought cracked ground

This project aims to investigate drought stress as a threat to urban trees in future climates.

Research objectives

  • Develop a drought tolerance index for the most prominent urban species
  • Review how provenance/genetic variation can affect drought tolerance of selected species
  • Highlight at risk areas/species under different drought and flood scenarios; and demonstrate the impact of these scenarios on the environmental and economic benefit provided by the urban forest


Ashwood, R., Albertini, A., Doick, K.J. (2015) Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 20: Drought Tolerant Tree Species and Land Regeneration. Forest Research, Farnham, 4pp.


This research started in April 2011 and is currently on-going.


Kieron Doick