913331 Climate change and forest management

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2018/19
Languages of instruction


Climate change is a major challenge to sustainable forest management. Due to the longevity of trees and the resulting long planning horizons accounting for climate change in forest management decisions is necessary already today. The ability to naturally adapt to the expected drastic changes in the climate system are limited in forest ecosystems. Thus adaptive management is of increasing importance. Furthermore, forestry is facing an increasing societal demand on forest services, which are addressed in a paradigm shift from sustainable timber production to a broader view on sustainable forest management.
The course gives an overview over expected climate change impacts in forest ecosystems. With regard to forest management decision support under changing conditions analysis approaches such as integrated assessment and vulnerability are discussed. Spotlights on promising methodological approaches such as ecosystem modelling are provided. Potential and limitations of adaptation measures in forestry are discussed. Furthermore, the potential effect of forests in mitigating climate change (e.g., C sequestration, biomass for bioenergy) is highlighted.

Previous knowledge expected

The course is open to all students with a background on ecology and climatology. It is especially tailored for students in their master curricula (e.g., forestry and environmental resource management).

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The overall aim of the course is to review the state-of-the-art with regard to impacts, adaptation and mitigation of climate change in forestry. Global (climatic change) and regional (sustainable provision of multiple forest services) challenges and their interplay are discussed. Using the highly relevant and multi-facetted issue of climate change as an example scientific skills in working with original literature sources and writing scientific essays are promoted.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.