Michal Petr, Bsc, MSc, PhD

Climate Change Researcher

Michal Petr

Email: michal.petr@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Twitter: @MPetr81

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5974
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Michal obtained MSc degrees in GIS and Remote sensing at the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech republic (2006) and in Geoinformatics at the Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK (2007). He obtained his PhD degree at the Twente University, the Netherlands (2014), in which he investigated uncertainty, risk, and climate change adaptation related to British forests. His current research mainly focuses on: understanding of uncertainty related to climate change and forest planning, drought risk assessment of British forests, and understanding of barriers for decision-making in forest planning associated with climate change adaptation.

Current role

Researcher (Climate change)

Investigates what role does uncertainty and risk plays in the British forest planning with the emphasis on climate change adaptation and quantification of climate change impacts. In addition, Michal explores approaches for risk assessment using the latest probabilistic climate change projections (UKCP09).

Current research

Climate Change Adaptation

  • Investigation of planners understanding of uncertainty and climate change risk perceptions
  • Drought risk assessment of tree growth for three major tree species in Great Britain using the UKCP09 probabilistic climate change projections and the Ecological Site Classification model
  • Assessment of key forest ecosystem services (forest production, yield class, sequestered carbon, and tourism potential) and development of dynamic adaptive policy pathways used for climate change adaptation of the National Forest Estate in Scotland
  • Exploration of changes in decision-making due to new climate change information, the case of forest planning


  • ESCom (An Ecosystem Service Community for Scotland) member and working group leader
  • Member of the PROFOUND cost action (FP1304) and a Working group 4 addressing “Uncertainties in climate change impact modelling and implications for sustainable forest management
  • Member of the International Association of Landscape Ecology
  • Member of the NNEXT COST Action (FP1304) Non-native Tree Species for European Forests: Experiences, Risks and Opportunities. Working on the biotic and abiotic risks from and to non-native tree species in Europe.

Main recent publications 

Petr, M., Boerboom, L. G. J., Ray, D., & van der Veen, A. (2015). Adapting Scotland’s forests to climate change using an action expiration chart. Environmental Research Letters, 10(10), 105005. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/10/105005

Petr, M., Boerboom, L., Ray, D., and van der Veen, A. (2015) New climate change information modifies frames and decisions of decision makers: an exploratory study in forest planning.  Regional Environmental Change.  Published online 24 July 2015. 

Petr, M. (2014, June 27). Climate change, uncertainty, and consequent risks: opportunities for forest management adaptation in Britain. Enschede, The Netherlands. PhD thesis, doi:10.3990/1.9789036536950,

Petr, M., Boerboom, L. G. J., van der Veen, A., & Ray, D. (2014). A spatial and temporal drought risk assessment of three major tree species in Britain using probabilistic climate change projections. Climatic Change, 124(4), 791–803. doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1122-3,

Petr, Michal, Boerboom, L., Ray, D., & Van der Veen, A. (2014). An uncertainty assessment framework for forest planning adaptation to climate change. Forest Policy and Economics, 41, 1–11. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2013.12.002

Mason, W., Petr, M., & Bathgate, S. (2012). Silvicultural strategies for adapting planted forests to climate change: from theory to practice. J. For. Sci, 2012(6), 265–277. Retrieved from http://www.agriculturejournals.cz/publicFiles/66812.pdf

Petr, M., Patenaude G. and Suárez, J.C. (2008). ‘Forest stand volume: can existing laser scanning methods based on the conventional one provide better results, a comparison of 2 approaches’. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Lars Bernard (Ed).